Tips For Breaking The Cycle Of Emotional Eating

Tips For Breaking The Cycle Of Emotional Eating

Emotional eating can prove to be a vicious cycle.  You eat because you hope to feel better about yourself but in the end you end of feeling worse.  Breaking the cycle will take time as you begin to form new eating habits so be sure to gentle with yourself and know that its possible.

What you eat matters, listed below are some tips that will help you curb your habit of emotional eating:

Have an eating schedule.  Most haphazard eating occurs because there is no plan.  Give your day structure by eating a specific times during the day.  For example, you can allow yourself three full meals and 2 snacks spread out during the day.  Be mindful when you eat, try to avoid activities such as reading and watching TV.

Monitor your eating habits.  How and why you eat are habits.  Some people eat even though they are not physically hungry.  Sometimes there are certain things that happen in your life that trigger your desire to eat.  Try keeping a journal to see what happens just before you have the desire to emotionally eat.  A journal is a great way to identify eating habit patterns.

Look for alternative ways to deal with your emotions. What inspires you?  Do you have any hobbies that you can invest your time in?  There are tons of alternative activities to eating and it may be a good idea to keep a cheat sheet handy as you get the desire to eat when you’re really not hungry.  Exercising is an excellent way to help elevate your mood and lower your stress levels.

If depressed, consider seeking professional help.  Being fit applies to both your physical and mental health.  Many conditions are easily solved on your own or with the help of family and friends.  However, if you experience chronic depression or emotional swings it may be time to speak someone who is a bit more impartial.  For most, this is a very big step but may be just what you need to get yourself back on track.