How to Overcome Emotional Eating
Hi, my name is Candice and I’m an emotional eater. I have struggled with this condition for nearly 25 years of my life. It took me a few years to realize that something was wrong when I started gaining more and more. It took me a few months of self awareness to find the triggers. I am by nature an emotional person. I used to skip meals when stressed or upset by someone or something but now I eat too much. Currently I am stressing over finances, losing sleep and eating a whole box of organic macaroni and cheese for lunch. Trust me, I have work a 9-5 job for 10+ years in my current career working with the public and each time I got stressed or pissed off over something that I have no control over, I eat donuts and chocolate.
Emotional eating is a disorder that millions suffer from, men, women, children, and elderly. Stress in the number one key factor that drives us to these poor health decisions. The horrible thing is that some of us, like me, know better. We may have the education in the field of nutrition, nursing, healthcare etc and still let our emotions drives us to immediate satisfaction. The pursuit of happiness chasing the almighty dollar is running us ragged. Some people may work several jobs just to get by and therefor are not only stressed but time restricted. The key to understanding emotional eating is to observe your emotional state of mind when you go for the food. Believe it or not, eating food is quite psychological. Are you eating because you are bored, sad, mad, happy, depressed or anxious? We don’t always realize it when it’s happening, all we know in the moment is we want cake or whatever it is that you crave. It is not easy but you are not alone. The APA reported in 2013, “Thirty-three percent of adults who report overeating or eating unhealthy foods because of stress say they do so because it helps distract them from stress.”
Losing weight is not only about dieting and exercise or taking a “magic” pill that melts off the stubborn fat. Diets don’t work because they rely on restriction. Cutting calories is not the healthy way to get to your goal. Learning to transform your unhealthy behaviors into healthy ones take time. If you don’t know the reasons why you over eat, you can ask a friend to help. Some questions you may want to think about to help you out are:
- Will this solve my problems?
- Will I feel better or worse?
- What does this prove?
- Is my health worth the risk?
- Am I in the best shape?
- What sense does it make to eat this and suffer because that person made me mad, sad, depressed, hurt etc?
One of the goals should be to find an outlet to our emotions. A healthy way to deal with it. We can’t change other people’s behavior but we can change how we react to them and harming ourselves doesn’t work. I have a saying on my desk at work that says “Nobody makes you angry, you choose anger as a response”, this resonates with me and maybe it will resonate with some of you. Stress is everywhere but we can manage how we deal with it, try meditation, yoga, or tai chi. Create healthy habits to replace the old unhealthy habits one step at a time. Click on the link below to start your yoga practice today!
If you are ready to lose weight and keep it off for the long run then you need to figure out the root cause of your eating habits and weight gain. I understand that there are genetic conditions that affect our weight fluctuation. I also understand that certain medications we take affect our weight. My goal is optimizing your health to create a better quality of life for you.