Food is used to satisfy our feelings, and that’s when the cycle of emotional eating takes over.
Eating to suppress negative feelings can sabotage your efforts to lose weight.
Top 5 Emotional Eating Triggers:
- Lack of Control
- Feeling Unappreciated
So, how do you regain control of your eating habits?
Keep a food journal and rank your hunger from 1-10. You will become aware of how often you eat and how hungry you feel. Getting to know your triggers will help combat your feelings associated with foods. In your food journal, write what you are thinking. It may help determine your mood and make you more aware of your emotional eating habits.
Make a list of things you enjoy doing and carry the list with you. When you feel the urge to eat, take out the list and begin doing an enjoyable activity instead.
Activity example: Tweet me and I’ll tweet you back.
Stay away from your normal comfort foods and instead indulge in a pickle, celery sticks or a cup of bouillon. The trick is to keep healthy snacks around for when you have trouble overcoming your trigger points.