Wellness Tuesday: 9 Ways to Deal with Emotional Eating
Last week, I discussed the difficulties of losing weight and caregiving.
Often I discover that I am emotionally eating, which means it is not because I am hungry.
Caregiving often increases my changes of emotional eating and I have come to recognize.
One ongoing struggle I deal with is how to prevent myself from emotional eating.
- Recognize the triggers that lead to emotional eating
- Recognize the time of day—for me this is often in the evening after GG* has gone to bed
- Find other ways to distract myself instead of eating—this is my biggest challenge. Even though I may be reading a book, I’ve become accustomed to eating at a certain time.
- Self-Care—reminding myself that I have what I need and I am not truly hungry
- Talk with a friend—talk with someone in place of eating and share your feelings and emotions
- Find healthy alternatives—if I MUST snack, finding healthier alternatives such as fruit and vegetables, instead of chips and cookies
- Redirect the energy—this is harder when caregiving, but if I can take a walk, punch a punching bag, ride a bicycle, hit a pillow, etc.
- Remember this too shall pass—sometimes if I drink a bottle of water or distract myself for 30 minutes the idea will pass
- Be honest—sometimes just being honest about what I eat, why and the number of calories is enough to shock me into stopping the self-destructive behavior. This also means that I keep those tempting, but unhealthy foods out of the house.
Join the Conversation: How do you deal with emotional eating?
*Name altered of my Grandmother