Sadness. Stress. Anxiety. Depression. Boredom.
These are just few of many triggers to grab some comfort food and literally eat our emotions. It’s a such a pleasure for a while! But then suddenly you feel terrible, guilty, and ashamed. I shouldn’t eat it! I failed! And then you grab another unhealthy food just to overcome these feelings and feel better for another second or minutes. And the cycle repeats. At the end of your food party, you feel sick, physically and especially mentally. Welcome to the sad world of emotional eating, overeating, and bingeing.
When I think about it, I always used to be an emotional eater. I remember those times as a teenager, especially when I was bored I could mix all sorts of weird stuff together from ham and cheese toast to large box of chocolate and finished it with pickles and brie with tomato sauce in less than half an hour. Then I went running because I felt guilty and promised to myself that I will never do this again. I was successful usually until the second day. Ufff.
Does it sound familiar to you? Unfortunately, a lot of women have experienced these issues in some periods of their lives. But there is a way to escape and get your life back again!
What we need to do is find our emotional balance. Sounds almost impossible right? But there is a way to reach it as close as possible.
1. Nourish your body with love.
Your body is amazing and you are beautiful just in way you are right now! It can heal itself, your legs will move you whenever you wish, you can hug your loved ones with your arms, you can have a baby… your body is a miracle. There is a big difference between making lifestyle changes because you love yourself and you want the best for you and because you hate your body and can’t look at yourself in the mirror. Choose the love instead of restricted diets, starvation, and deprivation. Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself with love. You deserve it.
2. Balance your diet.
Eat regularly, don’t skip meals or restrict your diet because you ate too much the day before. Stick with three main meals with two healthy snack between. Make sure your food includes complex carbs, protein, healthy fats and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. The healthy eating plate is a helpful tool when you are not sure how to combine your meal.
3. Track your feelings.
Keep a food journal and put down notes how do you feel before and after every meal (hungry, bored, exhausted, satisfied, sick, bloated etc.) It’s the best way how to see your food patterns and find the triggers of emotional eating.
4. Practice mindful eating.
Eat your food with awareness. Don’t eat quickly behind your desk or when you are running on the street. Sit down. Chew slowly. Enjoy every bite.
5. Regular exercise.
Being active is good for your body and mind. Choose exercise wisely. Do what you really like to do, what you are looking forward to do. Pick the right exercise that you can stick with for a long-term period.
6. Do what you love, what makes you happy.
That’s right. Pursue your passions and hobbies. Now it’s the best time! Start your dream business, explore new hobbies, or meet new people. Put yourself first and welcome new adventures.
7. Seek a professional.
Never be afraid to seek out professional advice. Consultation with your naturopath, nutritionist, or psychologist is the best way how to deal with those issues.