We’ve All Been There...
An incredibly stress filled day or week. The demands of work feel like a physical weight on your shoulders. On top of that, the events that are going on in the world begin wreaking havoc on your mental health. Your significant other, children (if you have them), or family pull the last bit of energy you said you were going to use for self-care.….
Alas, you are are drained. To cope, you quickly make your way to get some fast food, cookies, candy, chips, or junk food. Depending on how much stress you’re facing, maybe all of the above. After binging on all of your, “goodies”, you feel a bit better for a couple of hours.
Over time, your brain begins to believe that an easy solution for stress, is by rewarding yourself with these types of foods. So, you continue on medicating your stress in this way.
You’re not alone. It turns out, that millions of people all over the world turn to, “Emotional Eating” to fill their needs, rather than their actual stomach. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. In fact, it usually makes you feel worse. Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating.
Occasionally, using food as a pick-me-up, a reward, or as a way to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Who doesn’t love an Earthday celebration dinner? What becomes unhealthy, is when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism— in other words when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re experiencing stressors. You get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.
Eating/food addiction and eating disorders are not really about food at all; they are about emotions. Typically, people of marginalized communities tend to adopt cultural values that put them at a higher risk for emotional eating — and also make it more difficult for them to seek and accept help for the problem. They may use food to numb their emotions or to distract them from life issues. Like a beach ball held under water, emotions that are repressed may resurface with a vengeance, often in another form, such as overeating.
Without proper knowledge on how to find healthy ways to self-soothe, or on what foods to actually eat/why our bodies become trash dumps. We dump unhealthy foods, and substances on ourselves in an effort to minimize pain. Only, we are maximizing toxicity.
There Is Always Hope:
As long as your heart is beating, you still have time to make some very real changes in your life that your future self will thank you for. It takes 21 days to form a habit. At the time of reading this article, you can make the choice to start today.
The first step in putting a stop to emotional eating is identifying your personal triggers. What situations, places, or feelings make you reach for the comfort of food? Most emotional eating is linked to unpleasant feelings, but it can also be triggered by positive emotions, such as rewarding yourself for achieving a goal or celebrating a holiday or happy event.
Find Other Ways To Feed Your Feelings:
If you don’t know how to manage your emotions in a way that doesn’t involve food, you won’t be able to control your eating habits for very long. Diets so often fail because they offer logical nutritional advice which only works if you have conscious control over your eating habits. It doesn’t work when emotions hijack the process, demanding an immediate payoff with food.
In order to stop emotional eating, you have to find other ways to fulfill yourself emotionally. It’s not enough to understand the cycle of emotional eating or even to understand your triggers, although that’s a huge first step. You need alternatives to food that you can turn to for emotional fulfillment.
Pause When Cravings Hit & check In With Yourself:
Most emotional eaters feel powerless over their food cravings. When the urge to eat hits, it’s all you can think about. You feel an almost unbearable tension that demands to be fed, right now! Because you’ve tried to resist in the past and failed, you believe that your willpower just isn’t up to snuff. But the truth is that you have more power over your cravings than you think.
Take 5 Before You Give In To A Craving:
Emotional eating tends to be automatic and virtually mindless. Before you even realize what you’re doing, you’ve reached for a tub of ice cream and polished off half of it. But if you can take a moment to pause and reflect when you’re hit with a craving, you give yourself the opportunity to make a different decision.
Can you put off eating for five minutes? Or just start with one minute. Don’t tell yourself you can’t give in to the craving; remember, the forbidden is extremely tempting. Just tell yourself to wait.
While you’re waiting, check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What’s going on emotionally? Even if you end up eating, you’ll have a better understanding of why you did it. This can help you set yourself up for a different response next time.
Support Yourself With Healthy Lifestyle Habits:
When you’re physically strong, relaxed, and well rested, you’re better able to handle the curveballs that life inevitably throws your way.
But when you’re already exhausted and overwhelmed, any little hiccup has the potential to send you off the rails and straight toward the refrigerator. Exercise, sleep, and other healthy lifestyle habits will help you get through difficult times without emotional eating.
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Allow your body to rest, and if possible avoid controllable stress factors. Remember: You deserve the love that you unselfishly give to others. Start loving yourself more than you ever have before, today.