If you have a bad day at work, do you immediately think about going home and indulging in some ice cream, or maybe even some carby foods, like pizza or pasta?
If so, you’re an emotional eater.
Having this mindset can ruin ANY diet plan. Many people, while emotionally eating, don’t realize how much they are actually consuming…and some people barely remember eating junky foods the next day.
This means that even if you’re journaling or listing your foods, you could be cheating and NOT EVEN REALIZE it! How scary is that? All your effort…for nothing. No, thanks.
Tips To Stop Eating Your Emotions!
There are plenty of tips and tricks that use here! Here are a few of the best ones I’ve read:
-Keep Detailed Notes! Instead of just journaling as you eat, make note of WHY you eat and WHEN. This way, even if you start to think to grab a snack, you can take a minute to analyze WHY it is you want that food. Odds are, once you think about it, you won’t want it anymore.
-Replace It! Instead of grabbing a snack, grab your dog and go for a walk! Or call your best girlfriend. Or call your Grandmother. Or start painting that bedroom door you’ve been ignoring for months. Channel your energy elsewhere!
-Remove It! If you know you’re going to have a stressful week, don’t buy junk food! If you have some left, throw it out. Don’t think of it as wasting food at the moment, think of it as saving yourself some unwanted weight!
My Rough Week
As I mentioned in my email, I had a rough week myself. And I actually googled these tips for myself, initially (haha, sorry!) but I thought I would share.
And, guess what I did during the week instead of eating?
Even in the Texas sun (it’s July here, it’s close to 100 degrees every day), I grabbed my two dogs and we went for a walk down the street. Just for 10 minutes (and yes, I made them walk on grass so their paws didn’t burn).
Let me tell you, when I got back to my house, there was nothing I wanted more than a freezing cold glass of water!!! (The dogs did, too!).
You really can learn to change your mindset! It just takes commitment and practice!
What do you do instead of eat, when you have had a bad day?
Leave notes in the comments – I love when you all help each other!!
Till next time,
PS: Keep an eye out for an email next week with more tips to curb emotional eating binges!