Fact: emotional eating is self-sabotage. It may feel good and taste good at the time, but it only serves to move you further from the goals you want to achieve in life. What does it take to stop such unhealthy behaviors? A change in your mindset and lifestyle.
It’s hard, though. You may have had struggles with your weight since your youth. You may have been bullied about it. Perhaps your mom was overweight and frightened you at the dinner table every night. Maybe you were abuse at the hands of someone you trusted.
No matter the reason, it’s vital that you’re inspired to change and that you learn new skills and ways to overcome self-sabotage. Imagine how different your life would be if you ate enough to feel satiated, if you felt good about the food you eat, and if rather than feeling bloated and heavy you felt alive?
If you were to ask yourself why you eat, what would you answer? That you’re tired, lonely, sad, angry, depressed, or bored? Probably. But the one thing you would not say is that you’re hungry. We’ve been conditioned to believe that food is for just about everything—except, of course, healthy nourishment!
How to Heal Emotional Eating
Don’t you want a healthy body that you feel comfortable in? Wouldn’t you prefer feeling upbeat and cheerful, instead of being slugging and irritable? Emotional eating isn’t the result of weakness or poor self-control. It’s the result of difficult emotions, a lack of awareness, hatred of one’s body, exhaustion, and the belief that food is the only pleasure available.
There are ways to handle your emotional eating. The road may not be easy but you can start creating a plan to go down that road now.
- The first thing you should focus on is the body that you want. Do this by having an achievable goal to strive for.
- Create a healthy eating plan and a fitness routine. As you start to eat healthier, you will have more energy, spurring you to exercise. Start small and increase your fitness as you go.
- Only keep healthy foods and snack options in the home, so that even when you face temptation you won’t have to work as hard to resist.
- Think before you eat. If you feel hungry, don’t dive into the kitchen right away. First, have a glass of water. Then wait 15 minutes before you give in. There’s also the broccoli method. If you feel hungry, ask yourself if you would be happy to eat broccoli. If the answer is no, then you’re not really hungry.
- Designate eating areas in your home. Eat your meals at the table. Avoid snacking in front of the TV since this encourages mindless eating.
- Learn to shift your mindset. Preventing emotional eating is not dieting. It’s a lifestyle change that will improve your overall wellbeing.
- Deal with the emotions that you are trying to eat away, whether that means seeking the help of a therapist or finding a friend to talk to. It’s important that you work through the emotions that are at the root of your self-sabotage.
Carrying excess weight can create joint pain and muscle aches. It can also increase you blood pressure, your risk of heart disease, your gastrointestinal issues, and more. So, when you take control of self-sabotage you don’t just benefit your mental health, you benefit your physical health as well. As far as your mental health goes, it’s difficult to be confident and strong when you aren’t happy with your appearance.
If you believe that your happiness is worth it, then you should take the necessary steps to stop self-sabotage in its tracks.