Emotional eating ruined my life for the good part of 30 years. You could say I’m an expert at the triggers.
If I got picked on at school I recall going home and fixing myself a big bowl of WeetBix, drowning it in full cream milk and then frosting it with a thick layer of white sugar … for me that was heaven.
But I didn’t stop there. I was just revving up. That would then be followed by 4 slices of white bread, slathered with a thick layer of butter, topped off with delicious creamy honey.
I’ll never forget the sensation of the crunchy sugar on my WeetBix and the creamy honey on my bread just seemingly melt all my pain away. It was the ultimate elixer.
The only problem with this “sugar fix” however, is that it just magnified my weight problems exponentially.
It took me 30 years to stop emotional eating … please don’t let it take you that long.
I’ve worked out 5 ways to avoid emotional eating … please take them to heart. They work!
1) Get Busy!
Let’s get really honest here for a minute … emotional eating normally happens when you have too much time on your hands, right? Maybe you’re sitting on the couch at night with 5 hours ahead of you … you’re feeling a bit lonely, or sad, or frustrated or … just plain bored!
So what happens?
If emotional eating is part of your destructive pattern, your mind is going to wander to the pantry or the fridge isn’t it?
So get busy!
“With what?” you say?
With anything … a class, an activity, a group … anything …
For me, I am so busy right now with my business and this project I’ve got brewing that I don’t even have time to think about emotional eating. I don’t even know when I could fit that in. My schedule is that packed.
You may have noticed that I didn’t even have time to blog for the past few days … I’ve been that busy with this project that I’ll be announcing at the end of 90 days.
Get ready for it … I’m going to change the way you lose weight forever!
If you’ve been following me for the past 75 days, you know it’s been a bit of a journey … but I’ve learned valuable lessons and I’ll be passing them all onto you!
2) Get rid of all the junk!
Again, let’s get really serious here for a minute. I told you in the beginning, if you really want to lose weight, you’ve got to get rid of the junk.
And if you’re an emotional eater, you really MUST get rid of the junk.
Because when those emotions hit you, you need to know that there is nothing in the house for you to satisfy that pang. It forces you to find another way to deal with it. Got it???
And unless you’re bulimic like I was, there is little chance you’re going to jump in your car at midnight just to get your binge on.
And if you are bulimic, then reach out to me via my personal email … we need to talk!
3) Really listen to your body
This is why I recommend you take up Yoga.
Yoga gets you back in tune with your body and rebuilds that mind/body connection. When you love yourself, and your body, there’s no way that you would intentionally harm yourself. Which is what you’re doing when you succumb to emotional eating.
And if you don’t really understand what emotional eating is … it’s eating outside of your normal eating routine … when you’re not really hungry.
If you’re eating 3 balanced meals a day, and 2 snacks, your body doesn’t need any more food. It’s your emotions that crave food outside of these times.
4) Identify areas of stress
Many times emotional eating is triggered by stress.
Personally, right now I’m very stressed. I have conflicts going on in my personal life which are driving me to distraction … but they are not driving me to the pantry.
Identify the stresses in your life, acknowledge them, but do not give in to them. Find a way to manage them.
Kickboxing is an awesome way to beat stress! Get to a punching bag and just whack the sh!t out of it.
Picture the person or ‘thing’ that is getting you stressed right on the front of that punching bag and just go for it! That’s what I do sometimes! And it feels GREAT!!!
5) Don’t be an island
Don’t shut yourself off from the rest of the world. There are people around you who love you. Reach out to them when you’re down and let them in.
That was my biggest mistake when I was really suffering my eating disorders. I pretended that I was “so happy.” To admit that I was miserable would have been to have admitted a weakness on my part. And for me, that just wasn’t OK.
So I pretended to be so happy and vivacious for decades, when on the inside I was dying of pain and shame.
So reach out. There are people out there who care!
Stay tuned my friends … something really exciting is on the way … if you’ve been yo-yo dieting for years, if you’ve tried every diet and failed … if you’ve bought every fitness gadget out there only to fail again … I PROMISE YOU … I’ve found a way for you to lose weight and keep it off forever … and there will be no pills, no potions and no magic involved!
Take care … and again … sorry for not getting a post out each day … things are ramping up and I’m busting my butt to get this to you …
Because I don’t want you suckered by the diet industry any longer. I want to empower you to take back control of your battle against the bulge, own it and work it. You can do this by never dieting again … I promise you … it’s easier than you think.
The diet industry just wants you to believe it’s tough and complicated because they want you powerless. They want you to depend on them to come out with the next revolutionary diet product that “really will work this time.”
I know diets don’t work.
I am living proof diets don’t work.
Stick with me … only 15 days to go …