I guess I’ve always known this, but I’ve finally owned up to the fact that I’m an emotional eater. I know you might be thinking – well of course you are, but actually acknowledging this is big for me, you never like to think that you are an emotional eater.
So what is emotional eating all about?
An extract from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/diets/emotional-eating.htm
Emotional eating (or stress eating) is using food to make yourself feel better—eating to satisfy emotional needs, rather than to satisfy physical hunger. You might reach for a pint of ice cream when you’re feeling down, order a pizza if you’re bored or lonely, or swing by the drive-through after a stressful day at work.
Occasionally using food as a pick me up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re stressed, upset, angry, lonely, exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.
Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. And you often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you’ve just consumed.
No matter how powerless you feel over food and your feelings, it is possible to make a positive change. You can find healthier ways to deal with your emotions, learn to eat mindfully instead of mindlessly, regain control of your weight, and finally put a stop to emotional eating.
I found out a couple of weeks ago that one area of my life was once again affecting my healthy eating and I’ve totally gone off track once again. This is the second time in the last 2 years that this has come up. I’ve decided that I’ve had enough of this and whatever is going on in my life is no longer going to affect how I eat. This is going to STOP!
I am a work in progress and I don’t think this will ever change. I will always be a work in progress because every day in every way I get better and better – there is always something to work on.
I’m also still reading and listening to a lot of motivational books and tracks, this is such a big help to me. I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without books and tracks in my life.