5 Ways to Kick Emotional Eating
Maintain a Healthier You
Emotional eating isn’t only experienced around the holidays. In fact, starting a restrictive diet, new job or experiencing conflict can be grounds enough for emotional eating to occur. Whatever the reason is for the emotional eating, there are simple, effective ways you can kick the emotional eating without giving up your favourite foods. I believe that your diet shouldn’t be causing you stress, and the stress in your life shouldn’t be dictating your diet. Below I’ve listed 5 ways to kick emotional eating that also include tips for maintaining a healthier diet:
Oftentimes, emotional eating happens when no one else is around, late at night. This can be because you worked straight through the day and didn’t get a chance to eat--so you ransack the fridge and cupboards, or, it can be because the day was stressful and eating your favourite sweet or savoury treat brings comfort to difficult emotions. Whatever the scenario, being aware and conscious of habits is the first step to managing them.
At what points does the emotional eating pop up? Think about the last time you experienced emotional eating--what happened earlier that day? When we can determine what the triggers are, we can redirect the habits to ones that will actually make us feel good. Frequent massages, meditation, counselling, and having the difficult conversations we’ve avoided, are far more productive, promote self-care and can tackle the emotions head-on.
Keeping a variety of chips and chocolate options at home isn’t necessarily part of a healthy diet, but eating these things once in a while is healthy. While I love a good, dark chocolate bar as much as the next person, keeping large amounts in the home won’t help your habit-forming. What you decide to bring into your kitchen is ultimately what you will eat, so choosing wisely at the grocery store is key. Ask yourself, ‘Am I buying this to soothe me or to be enjoyed?’--there’s a difference.
Getting creative in the kitchen can be time-consuming and not necessarily realistic every night of the week. I recommend prepping large batches of food 1 or 2 times a week so that you have meals prepared to eat that will support your emotional wellbeing. Fish, eggs, and avocado are great for balanced moods. Tight on time? Hire a private chef or meal planning service to help you stay on track and keep your meals inspiring and exciting.
5. Speak to a Healthcare Practitioner
Changing habits is hard. Seek out support from your Healthcare Practitioner to ensure you’re on the right track to safely manage your emotional eating.
Megan Horsley is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist , Blog Writer and Recipe Developer. Megan is passionate about helping her clients discover their best selves with a holistic approach to their wellbeing. With delicious food, movement and thoughts, and enriching lifestyle choices, Megan loves witnessing the transformations unfold.