Do you think this could be you?
Do you have triggers emotionally that make you run to food?
People embark on a healthy eating plan all guns blazing but then something happens and they turn to their crutch be it biscuits, chocolate etc
It is amazing how many people seem to be affected in this way…
So what can we do…???
I think that recognizing the triggers is a really important step forward.
Some people don’t eat just to satisfy hunger they turn to it in times of stress, tiredness or as a reward….”I have been really good this week so I deserve this, you only live once”
And occasionally that is fine but if it is making you unhappy and overweight then it is time to maybe address it..
Emotional hunger can’t be satisfied with food, many times you will still feel the same way afterwards but on top of that you have the guilt of the food you have had making you feel worse.
Your weight becomes harder to handle and the vicious circle continues…
Have a think about these questions…..
Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed?
Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full?
Do you eat to feel better (to calm and soothe yourself when you’re sad, mad, bored, anxious, etc.)?
Do you reward yourself with food?
Do you regularly eat until you’ve stuffed yourself?
Does food make you feel safe? Do you feel like food is a friend?
Do you feel powerless or out of control around food?
So what is the difference between real hunger and emotional hunger?
Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.
Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foods.
Emotional hunger often leads to mindless eating.
Emotional hunger isn’t satisfied once you’re full.
Emotional hunger isn’t located in the stomach.
Emotional hunger often leads to regret, guilt, or shame.
So once you have recognised that this is something that you maybe doing what can you do???
Keep a diary so that you can see what triggers you to eat this way…
Then find other ways to feed your feelings – be it taking a walk, phoning a friend or having a hot bath.
Take five minutes when craving hits, stop and think am I really hungry, how will I feel once I have eaten this food
And finally learn how to adopt new healthy eating habits, exercise and time for you, once you start to see and feel the benefit of eating well, your cravings will reduce, exercise is a great stress reliever and making time for you should never be underestimated!!!!
I hope you have found this useful and it has given you some food for thought!