Emotional eating, also called food addiction is characterized by an obsessive/compulsive relationship with food. An individual who suffers from emotional eating engages in frequent episodes of uncontrolled eating or binge eating during times when emotions feel frenzied or out of control, often consuming food past the point of being comfortably full. Confidence Coach Laure Redmond, joined us with some steps to take to get your feelings out of the 'fridge.
- Food is a DRUG It is imperative to frame emotional eating in the same way one might categorize drug/alcohol abuse. Because food is not illegal and one must eat to stay alive, it can in fact be the hardest addiction to overcome.
- STOP APOLOGIZING all the Time Constantly apologizing is a sign of feeling guilty or shameful for your preferences and decisions. When you own your truth, whatever it is, it can take away the "desire" to eat your feelings instead of speaking them.
- Don't View Food as the ENEMY Savor every bite of that gnocchi with Gorgonzola or that mint chocolate chip ice cream or those fresh cherry tomatoes, heighten your awareness and appreciation of every morsel you eat since emotional eating and numbing out go hand and hand.
- Stop Comparing your Real Life to Someone Else's Virtual Life Spending lots of time obsessing over your online life can be anxiety-provoking --- but so can obsessing over other people's virtual personas. Research has shown that Facebook addiction is directly correlated with lower self-esteem. Instead of playing a constant mental comparison game, which can magnify depression, close your laptop and sign up for a class instead.
- Eliminate the Situation that is Driving Your Cravings Figure out what is really upsetting you! Although this can lead to the reality of facing a bad situation that needs to change, once you change what is broken you fix the desire to "shut down" in a food coma.
- Fat and Sugar are NOT Your Friends Foods rich in fat and sugar can supercharge the brain's reward system, which can overpower the brain's ability to tell an individual to stop eating. In these cases, the more someone eats, the more he or she wants.
- Changing Your Eating Habits is a Process of Recommitting to Your Goals Each and Every Day Overcoming your tendency to emotionally eat is about creating your own life plan that deeply fulfills you instead of filling you up. This is a daily, hourly, sometimes minute to minute commitment, stick to it.
For more information on mind-body health, visit Laure's blog.