Emotional eating facts and 4 ways to get rid of it


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”

Who do you see?

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Do you see the person you set out to be from when you were a kid or someone else? Do you even know who it is looking back at you? What their ideas, dreams, goals, worries, and motives are?


Before you make any real changes in your life including: your career, your health, your relationships, your wealth, or your goals; you need to know who is looking at you when you stare at your reflection.

The journey of knowing yourself is the greatest and hardest path you’ll ever take. It is the foundation of all other things you will make in your life.

Your life is a reflection of you. If there are aspects of your world you do not like, you simply must change yourself and you “normal” everyday life in order to change the things surrounding you.

When you change and begin to like (or maybe even love) the person looking back at you in the mirror, your world will begin to mirror that as well.

Action step: Take some time today to get a good look at yourself in the mirror. Have a cup of coffee and catch up with yourself. If there are issues that arrive, GREAT! That’s progress! Write them down and begin to find ways to change you so the issue disappears.

7 signs you’re getting too much Yang and not enough Yin

The human body is the most beautiful thing on earth. It’s complex, graceful, strong, agile, resilient, and it’s regenerative abilities are incredible…if they are given the chance.


In order for our bodies to do all these we need to take care of them. Without proper care they get weak, painful, injured, and frail. One of the most common ways to take care of our bodies is exercise and movement, but how much of its counter part do you do a week?

Adding recovery into your weekly routine of exercise is the same as making sure you work both sides of the muscles in your body (IE back and chest, quads and hamstrings, biceps and triceps) to create balance.

You NEED the Yin with the Yang to keep balanced and whole.

I see so many people burning themselves out by working out 12 days in a row or more without a break. I use working out as an example but it is in all things. Work, relationships, being a parent even. You need a break from all things time to time.

PS: I’m not saying stay away from your kids for a week. However, what I AM saying is get a babysitter for a night and go out to dinner with the spouse.

In case you are not aware of when you need some Yin in your life, I highlighted some tell tale signs you are in need of some…space.

  • you are irritable…at everything. Even the fly in your house.
  • you have random small pains in your joints and muscles for no reason.
  • you find yourself holding your breath while doing a task.
  • your hair is falling out…like a lot.
  • your skin is breaking out and you’re no longer in high school.
  • you have zero energy to do anything.
  • no matter how hard you try to think all your brain is showing you is a big blur.

If you’re running with no steam or you think you’re going to pass out because all you’re seeing is red…go outside and take a walk. Take a deep breath, and if you can, take some time for you and take the phrase “take a chill pill” to heart. Go relax. you probably need it.

Most importantly…don’t feel guilty for relaxing and doing nothing. That’s a major problem with America these days, we think it’s bad to take a day off.

We really need to take a lesson from the Italians on this topic and do as they do. Their belief in the art of doing nothing is part of their culture. They phrase it:

La Dolce Vita

Are you a why or a why not?


” If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

This quote has been at the forefront of my mind lately. Why? Because it hits a sore spot in my life.

There are times in my life when I get so frustrated with how things are going and how it seems to “always happen to me.” after reading this quote for the first time I started to think hmm…maybe it’s me.

Maybe I’m the reason my goals are not being met, why I am not losing the weight the way I want or earning the income I know I’m capable of, speaking to audiences the way I know (at least I think I know) I am capable of.

I also know I’m the only one who thinks this way, and I’m all alone. Right?

hmm…you think this way too? huh, maybe it’s not just me then. So…..what do we do to fix this?

I started to research this very question after I realized I was my biggest wall keeping me from my goals. I heard it best by Dave Ramsey when he joked “I’ve been baking this cake for 20 years and every single time it keeps coming out chocolate when all I want is a strawberry cake!” “CHANGE THE RECIPE!”

Change the recipe….change the recipe… what a great idea!

First off, I have no idea why he would want strawberry cake when he could have chocolate (mmm…chocolate) but I do get where he is going with it. If you want something in your life, you HAVE to change. since the only thing you can count on in life is change, I believe this shouldn’t be so hard…but it is. We (you and me) are afraid of the unknown. We don’t know if we change if it will bring a good consequence.

Am I right? Am I speaking your language?

Let me ask you something: Can you think of a time when something that seemed like a disastrous event (besides the death of a loved one, that is exempt from this) ended poorly? OR did something good actually come from it? You learnt from it? You got a better job then the one you were let go of? you became closer to a loved one? This past event cannot have happened last week…it had to have happened 6 months ago or a year ago because last week is too soon to tell why the “bad” event took place.

Jim Carry once said, life does not happen to you it happens FOR you. Even though you may not see it now, everything happens, in some way, to make you better. So why are you so scared to change something about your life that will in the end benefit you and get you to a goal?

A lot of people would say why try? Thats when you look them straight in the eye and say,

Why not try?

My interview with a nutrition trainer

Happy productive Tuesday!!

Today’s interview is with a good friend and someone I always go to when I have nutrition/food questions.

Jennifer is extremely involved in her school, district, and sports training programs and highly qualified, in my book, when it comes to nutrition and diet help.

Let’s see what she has to say about portion control, on the go lifestyles, and fad diets.

Did this help you? Please leave a comment at the bottom if you have any additional questions and we will be sure to answer them to the best of our ability for you!

My interview with a yogi

Good morning!

I hope you are starting this week with a plan, a focused goal, and some coffee to make you smile!

Todays mental Monday is about how to let the mental not get a hold of you. One of the best ways to keep control and relaxed is through meditation. I interviewed a long time yogi who has had her own DAILY meditation practice for 3 years. If you are like me and have attempted doing anything for a week straight you know the challenge in this.

Aileen Pham is the owner of Spectra Yoga located in Costa Mesa California and is very adamant about all things health, wellness, and discipline (especially when it comes to her meditation practice)

In this interview she explains the benefits meditation can have on your mind and life, as well as techniques for the beginner looking to add a little zen into their world.