Last Saturday was one of “those days”. The day that I let my emotions get the best of me. I had a great work out in the morning and nothing sounded better than donuts for breakfast. That would have been okay, but then it turned into popcorn at the movies and so on. Emotional eating doesn’t always extend from negative feelings… sometimes positive ones can be just as dangerous! (Did I mention that I’m not a doctor?? Just my own personal experience)
TIME Magazine offers 5 tips to overcome emotional eating. You can read the article in its entirety HERE.
•Distract yourself – One way that I like to distract myself is by reading stories of successful people. It can be very motivating and remind me of exciting possibilities for myself!
•Keep a journal – This one hits home because that’s the beauty of dietSNAPS. A visual food journal to keep track of your food intake. There is also the notes section to record your thoughts and feelings. It has been soooo helpful for me to be able to scan back through the weeks and make that correlation of how I was feeling and what I was eating. It’s a great tool to help you learn more about yourself.
•Practice mindful eating – I try to choose foods that will truly satisfy me. The more protein, veggies, and fruit that I can add to my diet… the less likely I am to binge on junk food. I also like to eat with a purpose… I talked more about that HERE.
•Exercise regularly – go for a walk, take a class at the gym, train for a 5K, meet up with a friend/training group at the track, do a work-out DVD at home, etc! The important thing is to find something you love that will get you out there moving!
•Get enough sleep – This one is my favorite! I love it when I am able to sneak in an afternoon nap. It doesn’t happen all of the time, but when it does I can really feel a difference!
What are YOUR strategies to overcome EMOTIONAL EATING???