Eating is more than something we do to nourish our bodies with vital nutrients. Its also an activity we do out of habit, like nail biting, hair twirling, or finger tapping. In addition, some people turn to food in response to certain emotions as well. Whether you feel angry, sad, bored, or excited, food can act as a buffer against these emotions.
Instead of eating when feeling stress and anger, choose to:
Remove yourself from the stressful situation and revisit at a later date.
Take some deep breaths to reduce blood pressure and calm you down.
Listen to music.
Prevent stress from happening again.
Instead of eating when feeling sadness and loneliness, choose to:
Exercise helps to boosts mood and releases endorphins.
Play with your pet or volunteer at a local shelter which will give you social interaction.
Write a letter to a friend.
Instead of eating when bored, choose to:
Develop a new hobby.
Read a good book.
Play a game.
Connect with friends and loved ones.
While emotional eaters soothe themselves with food to avoid feeling and examining uncomfortable emotions, that gratification is temporary and still painful, just like the emotions youre trying to avoid. If you learn to recognize the emotional triggers that lead to eating, you can also learn to stop emotional eating before it starts by choosing healthier ways, such as tracking food intake, journaling, and distracting yourself in a positive way to deal with your feelings. Happy Eating!