HOW TO STOP EMOTIONAL EATING
- Get rid of “trigger” foods. For me, this is something like a bag of crisps or a bag of chocolate buttons (Notice I said bag. When you have a huge bag of a food you love, combined with your favourite film – isn’t going to be a crumb left because you can eat all you want. Single servings or just keeping the food out of the house completely is the way to go.
- Regulate sleep/eating schedule. People seem to undermine how important your sleep and wake cycle and the time you eat each day plays on your circadian rhythms and how your hormones are regulated. The more consistent you can be with when you eat, when you work out, and when you sleep and wake up, the better.
- Work more or work less. Many people think they’re happiest when they’re not working, but there’s actually been research that has shown the opposite. When you’re working on something important to you, you aren’t going to be thinking about stuffing your face. It’s usually when you get bored when you want to emotionally eat. That being said, some people work too much and need to take some time off to focus on relaxing themselves.
- Identify source of stress. This one should be obvious, but if you constantly find yourself being stressed by the same thing or same person, highly reconsider the importance of keeping it in your life. Put yourself first, always. When I get stressed the first the thing I think about it food lol.
- Don’t use food as a reward. This one is super common. Most accomplishments you think of are usually rewarded with some kind of big dinner or treat. This can be okay if it’s every once in a while, but if you use a huge treat before bed because you “deserve” it after a long day, that’s when it can get slippery. I’d say to instead try watching a funny movie with some fat free popcorn, or going bowling, playing a game, or reading a solid book.
Hope these help, and just know it’s never easy to break old habits and you aren’t alone. Be patient, don’t beat yourself up for failing, and keep trying.
You’ll get it.