Have You Become An Emotional Eater?
Hey there, Mama! We have all had times in our lives where we just sit down, grab a snack and wallow in our self pity or steam in our anger, right? Of course, you have! I have too. It’s not all that uncommon really, but have you become an emotional eater?
Many people find themselves suffering from different eating problems, but among those one really stands out. Emotional eating. For most people, it is the leading cause of abnormal weight gain. You end up compensating for your emotional distress by sitting down for a large snack. You may find yourself using this to cope with your problems a little too often. Once in a while is fine. If you do it too often, you will find it hard to lose any weight. Also, your energy levels will not be what you need them to be.
Have you considered keeping a food journal?
Every time you eat anything, just go ahead and write down your state of mind in your food journal. Were you feeling tired, upset, depressed, happy or energetic? Just writing a few words about how you felt at the time you decided to eat can make a world of difference when it comes time to analyzing your eating behaviors.
While your emotions are a good starting point, if you want to get even more in depth in your journal, you should go ahead and make that extra effort. At the end of each day, make a note about what happened during that day. Were the events good or bad? Did they lead to you eating more than you normally would have?
You may find a pattern to your eating.
Once you analyze your emotions in regard to your hunger levels and how often you eat your meals, you may be able to find a pattern which you can use to become a healthier eater. Maybe you’ll find that you eat more when you’re depressed, even when you’re not hungry. Or perhaps you will find that you bolster happy days with food to make you feel even better.
The ultimate goal of any food journal you create is to be able to track your dietary patterns to see what needs to be changed if you hope to lose weight. While the core of your food notebook should be based on what you eat and how much of it you ate, you should also take the time to write about your state of mind, how often you eat, and where you have your meals. While these facts may seem useless at first, they can provide you with a number of interesting observations about what you need to change if you hope to lose weight.
Mindset is important.
Once you have determined the reasons for eating each day, you’ll be able to see if you need a change in your mindset. Really understanding that food is meant for FUEL and not to combat our emotions can make a world of difference. Also, when you begin fueling your body with the proper nutrients it needs each day, you will find that you do not crave the things you once did.
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