Emotional Eating: This is what it is and here's how THESE tips can help you curb it

Eating food is different than eating emotions. Some people have a tendency to overeat when they are sad or when things are not going as planned, such people are known as emotional eaters. Read below to find out how you can curb emotional eating.
Emotional Eating: This is what it is and here's how THESE tips can help you curb itEmotional Eating: This is what it is and here's how THESE tips can help you curb it
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Sometimes, we feel that things in our lives are not working out and they are not how they are supposed to be. We feel sad, dejected and resort to something that makes us feel better. In most of the cases, it's eating. Yes, we try to eat our emotions to make ourselves feel better. Emotional eating not only leads to weight gain and other health issues, but it also increases our dependence on food. 

 

It's not healthy in the long run and only provides your mental peace, and satisfaction for the time being. If you are someone who tends to eat a lot when sad, then here's how you can change it. Remember, no food item can change situation or feelings, you need to work on yourself and find peace within. And these tips will help you do that, and will also help you curb emotional eating. 

 

Learn to identify hunger signs and emotional signs:

 

Initially, it can be difficult to understand the difference between eating because you are hungry or eating in response to an emotion. Try to self-regulate your eating by eating mindfully, and paying attention to hunger signals. When in doubt, rate your hunger. The higher you rate, the truly hungry you are. 

 

Create an eating schedule:

 

Create an eating schedule and try and follow it daily. If you stick to the schedule that can prevent overeating. On the other hand, irregular eating habits usually spell trouble because they result in random eating and overeating. 

 

Find your balance:

 

Try to have a balanced life, which means that learn to be happy with whatever you have. It means you are meeting your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. If you are imbalanced in life then that can lead to emotional eating that throws off your physical balance so that you become sick, or lethargic, or overweight. To find your balance, work to improve those areas of your life where you are troubled or unsatisfied. 

 

Substitute unhealthy with healthy:

 

If you're an emotional eater, then make a list of activities you might enjoy that don’t involve food. One of the simplest, easiest and healthiest alternatives to emotional eating is walking: regular walking, speed walking, walking on a treadmill, walking your dog. It not only calms you down but also lets you feel good about yourself. 

 

Speak to yourself in high regards:

 

Emotional eating is often accompanied by self-criticism, with your inner voice saying toxic comments like “I’m a failure,” “I never do anything right,” or “When will I ever learn how to cope with disappointment?”—which sends you straight to the fridge. So, the next time you catch statements like these going through your head, give yourself distance by shifting into the third person. 

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