Recognize & Stop Emotional Eating

When you think you’re hungry, you need to stop yourself right off the bat as you’re going for the fridge. Just learn to stop yourself and ask yourself in that moment, “Am I even hungry?”

Evaluate: Is your stomach growling? Do you feel weak? Are you tired? When was the last time you ate? Was it three or four hours ago? Ask yourself those questions. The first thing to do is write down, “Okay, I’m hungry.” On a scale of 1 to 10, I want you to ask yourself, “How hungry am I?” (10 being the hungriest)

Now, next step, I want you to write down — if, in fact, you’re not hungry, and you’ve eaten an hour or two ago — what’s going on for you emotionally. Take a look — explore yourself and your feelings. What’s going on? Identify the emotion and what’s going on inside of you.

The next step is, now that you’ve recognized it, you need to face it in order to conquer it. Ask yourself, “Can this issue be resolved in the now?” Do you have the ability to deal with it? If you’re at that point where you can’t resolve the issue, you need to find ways of nurturing yourself and pampering yourself that are not food related. Know yourself.  What are your hobbies?  Do stuff that’s incompatible with self-destruction and that will help.

And for those times when you do reach for a snack – Make a healthier choice. Have air-popped popcorn, not Cheetos. Have a low-fat frozen fudge bar instead of Ben and Jerry’s. When all else fails, make a healthier choice.



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