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November 01, 2020 0 Comments
Emotional eating is a difficult term to describe because it involves several factors. The general idea is that when someone is feeling depressed or bored or sad, they turn to food for emotional comfort, rather than seeking therapy or finding a way to lift themselves out of their current mental state. Over time, emotional eating can become a habit. This habit becomes so ingrained that it becomes a battle to break it and reclaim your life. If you wish to end emotional eating, you'll not only need to fix your coping mechanism for the stresses of life, but you'll also need to break your addiction to food. This is what makes it such a hard battle. You're fighting your emotions and your hormones and your addictions. That's a lot of things to be fighting, and even people with strong willpower may fail at beating emotional eating.
The way to overcome this tricky issue is to approach it from multiple angles at the same time. The first step will be to address the food you're eating. In almost all cases, if you're emotionally eating, you will have a sugar addiction. People mostly seek unhealthy foods when they're looking for comfort. Doughnuts, ice cream, sodas, cookies, cupcakes, etc. are the usual food people turn to when trying to make themselves feel better. The sugar high that comes from consuming these foods helps them to feel better. If you're wondering how foods like pizzas and junk food like fries, cheeseburgers, etc. can cause sugar addiction, you need to look at the simple carbohydrates associated with these foods. The pizzas contain white bread and so do the cheeseburgers. French fries are a simple carb too. These foods are quickly converted into glucose in your body. Glucose is just like sugar, and it gives you the sugar high also, only on a slightly lower level than a purely sugary food.
What you need to do is gradually reduce your consumption of these harmful foods. Trying to do it overnight is almost impossible if you're deeply addicted. You'll have severe food cravings and be even more stressed out and end up binge eating. It's best to go slow and swap unhealthy foods with healthier options. Instead of sodas, try to drink freshly squeezed fruit juices. Chill the juice, so it's cold and refreshing. Instead of milk chocolate, try dark chocolate. Instead of thick, milky ice cream, try a sorbet. It's these little food swaps that will make a world of difference when it comes to reducing your consumption of sugar. Over time, you'll be less addicted to sugar, which brings us to our next step.
It would be best if you found a way to manage your stress. Food is NOT therapy.
You can try journaling, meditation, yoga, or even speaking to a professional counselor. What's important here is that you find a release for your pent up stress.
If not, you'll continuously be in a whirlwind of thoughts in your mind from which there is no escape. The mind cannot solve problems that are created in the mind.
It's essential to step out of the vicious cycle and get some perspective on the situation and why you feel the way you do. Once you know what the problem is, you can manage your feelings about it.
By de-stressing with other techniques other than food, you'll not need to eat to cope emotionally. Since you'll also be reducing your sugar consumption at the same time, you'll find it easier to break your habit of emotional eating.
This two-pronged approach will work wonders and while ending emotional eating is a tough fight, you will come out victorious in this battle. Apply the tips in this article and get started today.
David ~ Founder TruLivv