How to Stop Emotional Eating
Many people that have problems with managing their weights say that they use food as a way of dealing with common life problems, such as stress, difficult emotions, anger and pain. This is done in order to avoid dealing with the issues directly. Many of these people also know that the food can not solve the problems that they are experiencing. However, they may feel helpless so instead they opt to use food to numb the pain of the problems.
The first thing that people who are “emotional eaters” should know is that they need to identify the root cause of the problems that they experience. Making yourself think about your problems instead of putting them aside isn’t the easiest thing to do but it is the first step to regaining control over your life. If the problems are too hard for you to fix right away, there are some things that you can do in the meantime to stop yourself from doing “emotional eating.”
- Write about your emotions. It can be calming to keep a journal or to write down how you feel.
- Find other activities that will make you stop thinking about food. Some distractions to avoid eating include calling a friend, reading a good book, playing a game on your phone or computer, taking up a hobby. If you want to make sure that important things get done, you can clean up your house, pay some bills, or organize some overlooked clutter.
- Find foods that can interfere with your cravings. These foods are healthy foods that you can commit to eating before you make the bad decision to eat high-calorie comfort foods.
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