Many people choose food for comfort when they’re feeling sad, stressed and even when they’re bored. If you eat for emotional reasons instead of when you’re feeling hungry, that might become a problem. That can lead to being and it’s especially dangerous if have diabetes or high blood pressure.
Some people aren’t even aware that they’re emotional eaters. Take control of your own life and stop the emotional eating.
Always be kind to yourself
The first step is to start feeling compassion for yourself. Beating yourself up isn’t going to help. Just relax and give yourself a break. Think about your feelings and thoughts before you start eating.
Search for a solution
Your emotional eating has more to do with your emotions rather than eating. You need to make a list of the things that stress you out and to make a plan how to fix them. If there’s any solution about the problems that are stressing you out, then try your best to solve them. If your problems are out of your control, change your thought and don’t reach for food. The best way to deal with these things is to consult a counselor. Talking about it with a counselor will help you a lot.
You really need to make a pause when you have the urge to eat. This pause will clear your mind and will give you time to think why do you want to eat. When you’re feeling bored or sad and want to eat that box of cookies, tell yourself “I’ll eat it later”. What you can also do is start walking anytime you’re tempted to have a snack. Go for a min walk, moving is a stress reliever. Doing these things will make you feel more in control of the situation.
It’s really OK if you eat to celebrate or even snack on something sweet when you’re feeling sad. If you always turn to food when you’re feeling blue is really unhealthy and it can cause medical issues.