-take a walk
-read a book
-call a friend
-listen to music
-think about if it's physical hunger or emotional
-distract myself with chores
-wait 15 minutes and see if the hunger is still there
-look at something motivational
And that right there I believe is my problem. My problem is I can't fix my problem because I haven't yet discovered the root of it.
Why is food so dang comforting?
The info below is from Dr. Oz's website. Now I'm actually am not a big fan of Dr. Oz, but this did sum up the comfort of emotional eating pretty well.
There are many reasons food can be so seductive in moments of stress.
- Biology. When you are stressed out, your body is flooded with cortisol, a stress hormone, which makes you crave carbohydrates, sugar and fatty foods. Food is soothing due to the chemical changes it creates in your body. Chocolate is an excellent example. Chocolate boosts the "feel good" neurotransmitters and chemicals in your body that make you more alert and excited.
- Tune Out. Eating can be distracting. It can take your attention away from whatever is bothering you emotionally.
- Beliefs. You may also be conditioned to believe eating can ease pain. Many media ads push the therapeutic value of food. For example, a commercial may urge you to buy a particular candy because it will bring you "bliss" or "happiness."
- Convenience. We enjoy things that are easy and convenient. Vending machines and fast food restaurants are always close at hand when you are fretting.
- Entertainment. It is difficult for many of us to deal with boredom and anxiety. Preparing food and eating it can be entertaining and fills gaps in time.
- Good Vibes. Emotional eating may be linked to your childhood. Perhaps home baked cookies or macaroni and cheese automatically trigger positive or comforting memories from the past.
- I'll use one of the "tricks" I mentioned above. I know they are not permanent fixes, they are hardly even temporary, more like momentary fixes. But, sometimes in the moment, what I need immediately is a momentary fix.
- I will take the time to analyze where the emotional hunger is coming from. If I can, I will journal about it, but if not I will at least take the time to think on it and try to figure out what the actual source of my hunger or craving is.
- Rinse and Repeat. I know that it is going to take a long time for me to "fix" this problem of mine. I know that I am going to make mistakes and continue battling emotional eating. But I also know that I have already been doing these 3 steps and I have made progress, and continuing to learn from my mistakes is all I can do to get better.
I will also continue to educate myself as best I can about myself, my emotional hunger as well as the science behind food. Natural foods and processed foods affect our bodies very differently and the more educated we can become the more we improve the chances of our success!
I would love support and to help support others as many of us deal with this, if you can relate please comment below or fill out a contact form to get in contact with me to see how we can help each other!