Do you ever experience feeling sad and reaching for a bag of cookies?
Or maybe you feel lonely and decide to open up a carton of ice cream?
You could be really anxious about a confrontation you had with someone and find yourself eating uncontrollably.
These are signs that you might be using food to cope with your emotions.
Well, just so you know, you’re not the only one. Emotional eating is extremely common among women. So many women find themselves doing any number of these things on a regular basis and it perpetuates the cycle of emotional eating because it causes a lot of guilt and frustration.
We find that most women who emotionally eat happen to be extremely critical of themselves. They cast a lot of judgement on everything they do starting with their eating habits and on how they perform at work, in school, or how they are in relationships.
They also may find it difficult to communicate their feelings or confront their emotions, sometimes out of fear and sometimes just to be strong or prove that they aren’t upset by what is happening in their lives.
Instead of communicating their frustrations or allowing themselves to experience their emotions they bottle it all up and use food to calm those emotions. Biologically eating produces endorphins, a mechanism that would have helped us stay alive hundreds of years ago and now with food readily available and chronic stress levels rising, some use food to produce endorphins to combat stress hormones.
Thankfully you have everything you need to end your emotional eating habits. The first step is to become mindful of when you’re doing it. Notice when you’re eating and you aren’t hungry.
When you find yourself eating without being hungry first ask yourself, what am I feeling? Grab a piece of paper and write down exactly what you’re feeling.
Are you sad, lonely, scared, bored, or anxious?
Ask yourself why you might be feeling that way?
Ask yourself what do you need? Are you tired? Do you need to exercise? Do you need something from someone?
Give yourself permission to ask someone to help you get what you need. Get support from the people around you to get what you need, do you need more rest, ask your husband to watch the baby for an hour, do you need to have more fun, ask your boyfriend to take you on a date, etc.
Okay, beautiful, it’s time to take this on. Emotions are a beautiful thing. They are what allow us to be connected to one another and they are what make us human. Let your emotions be released instead of stuffing them down with food, literally.
If you need more support overcoming emotional eating our Eat For Love Online Course is still open for enrollment, but will close this weekend. We will address emotional eating in more depth and work with you to end that battle.
We love you and think you’re brave and beautiful! Xoxo