We all do it one time or another. By the time you notice what is going on you’re already half way through. So, how do we stop emotional eating before it takes over your mind, emotions, and body? I’ll show you how.
But first, can you remember a time when you were a kid and you were having a hard time and someone gave you food to stop you from crying? Or as a treat for doing something good you got an ice-cream to make you feel good? Yep, it all started there.
What does this mean? It means, more often than not, you have used food and people have used food to reward you for doing good or to help make you feel better when you are blue. This created a habit that has gone into your subconscious mind. Since your emotional eating is a cause of your subconscious mind it means you don’t even think about doing it (at least you don’t remember thinking about it) to enable the act.
You sub-mind controls 95% of what you think about including keeping your heart beating, blinking your eyes, circulate your blood flow, allowing you sit without the constant knowledge your butt is touching the seat.(Did you just think about the feeling your butt is feeling right now as you are sitting there?)
This is good news though because you can CHANGE your sub-minds…mind about emotional eating. below are a few tricks you can use to TRICK your mind into creating a new habit for yourself.
- Feed your emotions without food. If you don’t use food to help your emotions you are still going to have those bad feelings. Instead, find other ways to feed your emotions. What are some things you love to do that make you feel happy? Do you like walking on the beach, or reading a good book? Find things that fill you emotionally without filling you physically.
- Journal. For the next week weeks journal DAILY how you are doing. This is especially important about how you are feeling. When you know how you are emotionally you know whether or not an emotional eating spree is near so you can counter act it by making yourself feel better through other services. Taking a yoga class, mediating, or taking a soothing bath are other things you can do to calm your nerves.
- Change your environment. This could be as simple as cleaning out your cabinets so theres no temptation to eat bad foods to changing where you go if you are more prone to emotional eating at certain places. (IE a mall, going out, etc.) If you are prone to eat what you feed your kids for snacks then change your kids snacks to eat healthier so you do too.
- Mindset. Your mind is a muscle, just like you bicep and hamstring. This means you can make it stronger by working it out. When you begin to go for food (this includes every meal at first) asses yourself and ask:
Why am I getting ready to eat right now? Am I really hungry or is something else going on?
Just by stopping and asking these questions you will get a better idea of where your head is at and why it is your getting ready to pick up that snack. You may not do this every time and you may still emotional eat occasionally at first, BE OKAY WITH THIS.
REMEMBER: you are human and things happen. When you get upset with yourself you put more pressure and stress on you that builds and builds until you get frustrated, give up, and eat a gallon of ice cream. Don’t beat yourself up, allow yourself to get stronger one day at a time. Take care of yourself by getting in regular exercise, taking time to relax, and doing things for you to make you perform at your best.
Emotional eating is NOT a lack of discipline. It is the reaction of something that happened earlier in the day or even days ago that are subconsciously being dealt with now.
Become more in tune with yourself and your feelings, then you will be able to stop emotional eating in it’s tracks.Many times emotional eating a sign from your sub-mind that YOU are not at your best. Use it as a tool to create time for you.
“You must first change yourself if you want to change your life, which will inevitably change the world.”