Emotional eating and feeling out of control around food can be a problem at any weight; you don’t have to be overweight to struggle with it.
Three Tips to Stop Eating Your Emotions in the New Year.
1.Stop with the all-or-nothing thinking.
Emotional eating is often a result of not feeling good enough or determining that we’ve already “messed up” for the day, so we might as well really mess up by eating this entire gallon of ice cream! Avoid this destructive thought process. Instead, remember: No one is “perfect” with eating, so don’t let one day or moment of careless eating affect your eating choices.
2. Eat mindfully. Have a glass of water. Sometimes we feel hunger when it’s actually thirst. Let eating be its own activity. Don’t eat while driving, working at the computer, watching TV and so forth.
3. Reach out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel your emotional eating has gotten out of control. Reach out to ones that might be able to support you .
Celebrate your successes, and learn from your struggles as you continue to move forward and make improvements. Be compassionate and kind to yourself!
Excerpts from Paige Smathers- Registered dietitian