If you are feeling a bit low or stressed out, it is not an unusual response to seek a bit of solace in the form of some sort of comfort food that we have a positive association with, but for some of us emotional eating can get out of hand.
Here are some tips and strategies to help you put a stop to emotional eating and gain better control of your responses to certain situations.
There is a look at how emotional eating is intertwined with a need for emotional healing, plus details of how a food journal can help, and some ideas for suitable distractions as a way of taking control.
It could be argued that every time you reach out for food to soothe and comfort you, this is a response that has been triggered by a certain emotion.
You can eat to celebrate and want to enjoy feeling good about something, but you can also resort to food as a way of trying to block out bad feelings or negative emotions.
If you are unduly affected by this strong emotional connection with food, which can be fine when you are in control but not necessarily so when it starts to control your eating patterns, the key is to find a way to block those thoughts out and resist the emotional triggers that can lead you to lose control of your relationship with food.
Monitor your diet and mood
There are several ways to take control of the situation and one of them is acknowledging that connection between your emotional state and what you are eating, and keeping a journal to help you retain greater control.
When you keep a food journal it makes you accountable for what you are eating and it also helps you to pinpoint the emotional lows that have prompted you to reach for your favorite snack.
If you start recording your thoughts alongside details of what you have eaten through the day, it creates an opportunity to address your thoughts and see what is causing you to overeat.
Writing about your emotional issues and making the effort to record what you eat and how you feel every day, will often help you to deal with these issues more easily.
Distractions are good
It has to be said that one of the best antidotes to emotional eating is the ability to find a suitable distraction that takes your mind away from your negative feelings.
Getting creative can be a good way to distract your mind in a positive way and stop you thinking about food.
If you go on Google Play you will find a coloring book app that could offer a viable solution. When you are feeling a bit stressed and are tempted to seek comfort in the form of food, try the calming effect of an adult coloring book on your phone to distract yourself in a positive way.
You could also try some yoga exercises, reading a book or any other activity that you can engross your mind in and take it away from thoughts of tackling your emotional state with food.
Ruby Cameron is a parent of 5-year-old twins and has struggled with her weight since before they were born. Since she wants the best for her kids, she is now also wanting the best for herself.