Emotional Eating - start managing your feelings
If you eat more when you're unhappy, angry or stressed;
if you eat for comfort;
if you overeat, you feel guilty, which makes you overeat even more;
if you often give in to food cravings;
---- these are signs for emotional eating. This happens to a lot of people and there are ways to help.
Try these steps:
- Track your hunger signals. On your food journal, you should be tracking also when you are feeling hungry.
- Notice which emotions that tend to make you eat - Boredom? Happiness? Anger? Stress? and write it down.
- Think about the non-food responses you can replace the food with. If stress tends to make you look for food, can you call a friend? Turn on some music? Take a dance class?
- Any solutions (non-food response) that you can think of, it should be easy to do. Emotions hit unexpectedly, so you need to be prepared.