When life happens to me I want to eat. Happy, lonely, sad, ecstatic, bored, overwhelmed, tired, or content I usually want to eat.
Let’s be honest, I am a recovering emotional eater.
Good news – I am not the only one.
Many people are just like me. Something happens in life and the first thought that crosses their mind is FOOD.
Bad news – I am not the only one.
There is a lot of group think around emotional eating because so many of us are entrenched in it. If we all do it, then it must be ‘normal‘ and must be ‘ok‘.
Donloree’s simple definition of Emotional Eating.
Eating food to avoid or fill a void of emotions.
It sounds like a grey definition until you ask yourself the question while you are eating. Enter black and white clarity. I don’t know that I am ever going to be completely free of emotional eating, but I am getting better.
This week emotions were running high, stress was rising, sickness was lurking, and the lure of self medicating was definitely an option.
There wasn’t an epic binge, I didn’t go crazy, nor did I spend my whole day ‘window shopping‘ in my kitchen, but I sure wasn’t perfect either. My diet was not spot on and I ate more than I should have in an effort to avoid emotions.
Nobody is perfect. Nobody.
The goal is progress, not perfection.
I am not afraid to be the first to raise my hand and let you know that I am a recovering emotional eater.
A few tips:
- Write it out. Take time to write out and process through your feelings in a journal.
- Talk it out. Find a friend or family member to talk to about it, even if they don’t ‘get it’.
- Throw it out. Open the garbage can and insert trigger foods until you can have them in your house again.
- Let it out. Forgive yourself and others around you. Holding onto negative feelings only increases emotional pain.
- Sweat it out. Go for a walk, hit the gym, or go to a yoga class; create endorphins in a healthy and balanced way.
It isn’t easy, but it does get easier.