Your Stress Eating Breakthrough!
Stress is a palpable energy, a force that manifests itself in many ways. Through emotional eating, sugar cravings, digestion issues, or in some cases appetite loss. Right now we might find ourselves overeating and drinking because of stress, anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, and boredom.
I say this because I have been there. Likely, you've had experiences with emotional eating before, we all have! It is not necessarily always a bad thing. Emotional eating can occur from a range of emotions - stress, sadness, happiness, boredom, exhaustion, and even celebration. But, here is the good news, we can deal with these emotional effects when we understand why this happens and what to do with some mindful tools.
WHY emotional eating happens
Eating emotional behaviors are complex and have a lot to do with what is going on inside your brain, and not just inside your stomach. Emotions can alter our neurotransmitters and hormones, throwing our fullness and hunger cues off track and fuel our intense cravings. Our brains are smart but the chemicals are released from our emotions have the power to stimulate eating due to stress, anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, and boredom.
WHAT to do to manage emotional eating
One of my tried and true strategies are identifying triggers and coming up with controls. Triggers are feelings and situations that cause you to eat for reasons other than nutrition. Things like stress, anger, sadness, loneliness, boredom, happiness, and celebration. Controls are what you can use to overcome triggers. They're what we can depend on to help us cope with the emotions causing us to stress eat.
1. Eating when bored! Try to find a new book or paint your nails.
2. Eating because of stress? You could try yoga, taking a walk, or sip some chamomile tea.
3. Eating when you are angry? Try calling a friend, go for a run, or lift some weights.
4. Eating when lonely? Call a family member, walk your dog, or listen to a podcast.
5. Eating when you are sad? Try journaling, drawing, or some yoga.
FINDING FOOD FREEDOM
Now that we know the different ways that emotional eating might present itself, we can begin to focus on mindful controls to help in those situations. Download my FREE triggers and controls worksheet to bring awareness to the behavior and to think about other activities that can be done for that particular emotion. It is also important to note to remove any unnecessary shame around emotional eating. It is a normal part of life. But, now you can create the tools to understand and better cope with emotional eating.
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