Uproot Overwhelm and Overeating and Unleash Your Inner Champion.
If you struggle with emotional eating: stress eating, boredom eating, comfort eating, frustration eating, or any type of eating designed to help you cope with or avoid your feelings, you know that it can be a difficult habit to break.
It’s one thing to identify that you struggle with emotional eating, but even after you have identified the feelings and situations that trigger overeating, it may be difficult to figure out what to do instead of eating when these situations arise.
Of course, you will be more likely to successfully make lasting changes if you have a ready-made list of strategies that you can use when the urge to eat, snack, graze, or binge arises. Unfortunately, when faced with creating such a list, it’s pretty common to draw a blank.
What to do instead of something that comes so automatically? That can be a tough one.
Don’t let that discourage you. If you are trying to kick the emotional eating habit, sit down right now and make a list of ten things you can do instead when the feeling hits. Think about the different situations you might be in and about your unique emotional eating triggers—what you can do instead of overeating at work is probably different than what you can do to avoid emotional eating in the evening. Crafting this list will require trial and error. Without experimenting, you won’t the unique combination of strategies that work for you.
My tips for creating a list of what to do instead of emotional eating:
My bet is that you are looking for an emotional eating solution that lasts—what I often call, peace with food. That’s different from a crash diet that starts with lots of motivation and then, well, crashes. The more you practice looking for what works for you instead of eating, the more you will start to identify solutions. It’s definitely a process, but one that pays off big time.
If you would like an accelerated, step-by-step guide for taking control of emotional eating, in a do-able way, you’ll want to take a look at Peace with Food Plus, my six week program for taking control of emotional eating and overeating.
Take good care,