I have discussed emotional eating a couple of times in this blog. Everyone does it in one form or another, even if you aren’t the curl up on the sofa, watching Beaches, while tears of grief fall into your pint of Chunky Monkey following yet another disastrous Match.com date type. Some of my clients go into mindless eating mode when they socialize out of happiness, while others reach for a quick unneeded snack out of boredom.
Have you ever stopped to ask, “why am I eating this?” For many, food can be an escape, a way of postponing something they are dreading but have to do or, a way of interrupting uncomfortable feelings that they have. Nobody likes to feel uncomfortable and food is a really easy way to occupy your brain and escape from your feelings if even for a couple of minutes.
The next time you reach for that sweet or salty treat try this strategy. Simply ask, “why am I going to eat this?” Then take a second and search for the feelings that you are having in the moment, are you anxious, afraid, bored? Once you identify that feeling write down what you think is causing you to feel this way and note that eating will not help you solve this issue.
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