7 tips on how to deal with emotional eating!
You were not hungry at all, but you still eat a whole bag of chips. OK, yes, it was also a very stressful week. You hoped the bag of chips would cheer you up. But actually, you are only feeling worse now. Hmm, maybe that bag of licorice can help …
Emotion food, many of us have done it sometimes. We grab for food, not because it is healthy and we are really hungry, but to comfort ourselves. Often we also do it out of habit. It’s very annoying because we really do not want it deep inside. Do you want to stop eating emotion? In this blog, we give 7 tips on how to deal with emotional eating!
Wondering if you are an emotion-eater? Check the following points:
- You do not stop eating as soon as you are full;
- You eat without really knowing it (unconsciously);
- Your ‘hunger’ feels urgent or comes on suddenly;
- You have the strong need for a specific product (e.g. chocolate);
- You get a feeling of guilt after eating.
1. Recognize your excuses
“Do you want a burger too?” “Mmm yes, I love too. I really had a bad day and I will not be fattened by one. Then I will REALLY start eating healthy tomorrow. ”
Do you recognize this too? You want to eat healthily, but still, find an excuse to eat something unhealthy. Many people do this. We are looking for a reason so that we can still get that snack. And often it does not stay with one snack.
It can help to be aware of this for a while. When do you make an excuse to eat unhealthy food? Do you feel rotten at that moment? Do you think you deserve that snack? If you realize what your excuses are, it can help you to not take that food.
2. Learn to let go
You have experienced something unpleasant in the past and you keep thinking about it. You do not want to think about it all the time, but you cannot get it out of your mind. That is quite logical because it probably affects your future. And it has shaped you. Only those nasty emotions that come with it, do you make sure that you feel like eating, do not you?
How do you get rid of this? Unfortunately, there is no ready-made solution for this. Often this really needs time. But do you realize: by accepting (at your own pace) what life looks like and what has happened, you learn step by step to deal with your emotions. And that ultimately helps you to stop eating emotionally.
3. Work on your self-confidence
You look in the mirror and think: “Pfff … am I this? If only, I were slimmer / taller / more handsome. “And when you step away from the mirror, how do you feel then do you think? You’re probably not happy and full of self-confidence. Maybe you have a feeling in your abdomen and you feel like eating this away.
More self-confidence can help to get rid of emotion-eating. But how do you deal with your uncertainty? Step 1: realize that uncertainty often has to do with fear. Fear that you cannot do something, that you are not good enough. That you make the wrong choices. Or that you are not beautiful or fun. And fear that others will find that too.
Good news: you can overcome fears. And realize, you do not have to be good at everything. Nobody wants yours (except yourself!).
4. Create positive thoughts
A small assignment: pay special attention to your thoughts today. What are you thinking of? Do you think about yourself? Who you are and what you look like? Write down these thoughts and divide them into two groups: positive and negative. What is the final score? Is it more positive? Or is it especially negative?
Did you know that experts estimate that over 70% of our thoughts are negative? Best an eye-opener, is not it? Whether our thoughts are positive or negative, we are often completely unaware of this. Actually, a shame, because those negative thoughts can really get in the way of us.
Do you want to think more positively? Then try to turn your negative thoughts into something positive. And what really helps: start the day with a smile, focus on everything that goes well and be proud of your strong qualities. Then you will automatically shine. And you often already have these negative feelings.
5. DO NOT take this unhealthy snack into your home
If you feel rotten, which snack do you most often catch? Maybe your favorite is a chocolate bar, a roll of cookies or a jar of Ben & Jerry’s? Make sure you do not have your ’emotion snack’ at home. You can desire it, but if you do not have it, you cannot eat it. Or you have to go to the supermarket especially for it.
Are you about to get that snack? Then consider how much time, energy and money you have lost. And spend this on something nice. How about walking around with the dog, calling your best friend or watching an episode of your favorite series.
6. Find distraction
The solution for not thinking about food anymore? Thinking of something else. If you are busy (with something nice of course!), You have no more space in your head to think about that unhealthy snack. So look for distractions. Our ideas: meet with that hilarious friend, make a difficult puzzle or sing along with music (“I do not need a COOKIE to make me happy”)
7. Go exercise
Okay, we understand well that sports are probably the last thing you want. You feel bad and just want that snack NOW. But sports can really help you now. That bad mood can actually take you away. The fresh air during jogging, the cheerful music during a Zumba class or the relaxing breathing exercises during yoga. This makes you happier. Not from that snack, because you will not be happier afterward.
Would you like to lose weight? And would you like to be accompanied here?
We are happy to help you, both physically and mentally.