Emotional eating is one of the most important issues to overcome if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
This article will give you a 4-step strategy to help you look at emotional eating differently and start addressing the root issues.
(Step 1) 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 & 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞
As soon as you catch yourself eating for reasons besides hunger, say out loud, “I’m feeling really ______ about _____ so I’m going to eat this ______ to make myself feel better. Even though I know I’m actually going to feel worse afterward.”
Bringing awareness to what’s happening and calling it out can help you stop it in its tracks.
(Step 2) 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝
What would you tell your daughter or best friend if she were the one going through this right now?
You wouldn’t pile on and make her feel like sh*t.
The things you’re saying to yourself should be just as kind and understanding as what you would say to someone (else) you love.
If that’s hard for you, pretend you’re 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 talking to a loved one to help you script your inner monologue.
(Step 3) 𝐒𝐞𝐞 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧
There is no failure, only feedback.
What can lessons can you take away from this instance to help you manage your emotions better in the future?
Put together a list of ideas that you can refer to to help you confront your emotions head on, rather than trying to cope with food.
(Step 4) 𝗪𝐢𝐩𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧
Nothing good is going to come of dwelling on the sleeve of cookies you just ate.
You’re always only one decision away from being back to a place where you feel proud of your choices.