Many of us are prone to emotional eating at some point in our lives, some of us more than others. Even happy events are tied to food… birthday cake, wedding cake, gatherings with various foods. Food is often tied to emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant.
From the time we are born our parents helped us soothe with a warm bottle when we cried. Maybe you got candy when you had a doctor appointment, a tasty treat at the end of a long school day, or ice cream when you were feeling blue. I know I am guilty of this with myself and my kids! There is something about that right food that has healing powers!
Even if you find yourself needing something to calm those emotions, and food seems to be that thing, try to reach for something healthy. Even though it may not hit the spot you were craving, that craving might not have either. Often cravings lead to binging… so that food you thought would calm that emotional need didn’t quite do it, and now you are reaching for the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing.
So, attempt to be mindful of when emotions are creating hunger, and try hard to be mindful of what you eat. Of course, other distractions may be an even better option, but when you can’t beat the need to eat, choose wisely. That way, even you have one serving, and then another, and then another… you are doing your body and your goals so much better by choosing clean foods.
Be proud of yourself for over-eating clean, healthy foods any day versus overdoing it on low quality, high calorie foods!
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