I've worked with many clients over the years and while tackling their weight loss is a challenge, the biggest challenge comes from their relationship with food. Specifically emotional eating.
However, it's important to note that emotional eating is viewed as perfectly acceptable and normal. In fact, it's something we have been doing for centuries. We celebrate with food at weddings, parties, and big events, even at funerals there is food. Emotionally driven food is everywhere.
The problem occurs when it turns into a dangerous habit. Those who struggle the most turn to it repeatedly and excessively whenever they're experiencing any emotion and view food as their reward. They've created a habit to reach for food whenever they have the slightest shift in their emotion.
While this habit can take months and even years to fix, it can be done. It starts with implementing new habits. I would love for that new habit to be exercise but most people already struggle with exercising regularly. What it really comes down to is keeping your mind and hands occupied with something else besides food. So here are 29 things, divided into categories, you can do instead of eat your emotions:
3 THINGS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO:
QUICK & EASY SOLUTIONS:
GRADUAL & DRAWN OUT SOLUTIONS:
What to do with the list:
I hope this was helpful! Be sure to give it a try and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Lastly, I want to give a special thanks to my client Barbara and her husband Terry who introduced me to Paint by Numbers. It's my new favourtie thing!
I'm a nutritional coach and personal trainer, certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and Precision Nutrition Level 1.
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