From Fat to Fit Chick: : Breaking the Emotional Eating Habit   


Monday, June 24, 2013

Breaking the Emotional Eating Habit

My biggest habit to break was emotional eating.

I used to hide in my car & eat when I was stressed.

I also used to hide boxes of Little Debbie's all over the house & go through at least 2 boxes a day.

If I was happy I wanted food, if I was sad I wanted food too.

Looking a kid, this is how emotions were handled.  I cried & I would get hugs and a big bowl of ice cream.  I smiled and we'd have cake.

How do I get through it?

Realize it is something I always play by ear.  Sometimes I don't fall into the emotional eating trap & sometimes I do.  

First off, be kind to yourself.  The more you beat yourself up, the more this will continue.

So how do you start?

  • Recognize emotional eating and learn what triggers this behavior in you.  Journal after the episodes happen, your feelings during & after.  Then write down what you would have done differently.
  • Try taking a walk, do your workout, calling a friend, playing cards, reading, doing laundry, scrapbooking or something else productive to take your mind off the craving.
  • When you do get the urge to eat when you're not hungry, find a comfort food that's healthy instead of junk food.  Keep easy to grab snacks like grapes around.
  • If at all possible keep your trigger foods out of the house.  
  • Reach out to someone.  Whether it's an online support or in real life.  It's essential to know you are not alone.
  • Forgive yourself & move on.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you!! I read this minutes after eating some chocolate 1-2-3 Cake with a scoop of ice cream on top---I wasn't hungry, just lonely and bored. My husband is at his new job in Arkansas (we are currently in SC) but I won't be moving until the end of August. I am facing all the packing, getting the uhaul lined up and someone to drive it for me, lining up friends to load etc. It has rained for days with more forecast and everything seems to be piling on and really getting to me. I am not eating like I should, I am not getting my strength work in altho cardio is going ok. I need to just step back, take a deep breath, love on my doggies for awhile and then get back in the groove. Appreciate you sooooo much!!