Myself personally I ha vent had huge problems with emotional eating.
But I have noticed over my eating history that I have fallen into the following traps. I'm not so bad at this now, but when I was more overweight I definitely had these problems. Please feel free to comment on the page and add your own reasonings. In that way we can help each other to break free from emotional eating.
1. Mindful eating.This is described by psychologists as mindful or mindless eating. Have you ever been watching Tv while eating some of your favourite snacks, and before you know it, you look down and find you've eaten the entire contents of the tin or packet? How did that happen?
This used to happen to me all the time with chocolate digestive biscuits, or any biscuits for that matter. Its a matter of distraction really, but still there's something there that doesn't stop you. With sugary foods, your brain wont get the signal to stop either.
So what can we do? Well, firstly, when do you graze in this way? Is it watching Tv? Late at night?
Would you be better off having something substantial like an egg or something healthy instead of lots of snacks? That's what I do now, I'm not ashamed to say that last night at 10pm I put on a lamb chop for myself as I was feeling like a snack. I was totally satisfied afterwards. How many biscuits and snacks would it of taken to fill like that?
If you do want to snack and its going to be something sugary (I advice against) then maybe just bring a small amount into the Tv room. Don't bring the whole tin! Maybe just a few!
2. Getting too hungryHave you ever got so hungry that you've come home and eaten the entire house and kitchen sink?
I have. Then you sit back with a heavy bloated stomach and feel really crap about yourself. Why did I do that? Why didn't I stop? I just went mad.
Scientists have found that if we get too hungry that our brain sends out in effect a SOS signal, saying - you need to eat and you need to eat fast, I'm in a bad way!
So how can we prevent this? Well obviously, don't leave yourself that long between meals. What I normally do is bring some nuts or dark chocolate in the car with me or in a bag. Munch on something like that and you can last till your next meal a lot easier.
Eating too much sugar too can lead to this result too, as you send your blood sugars spiking high, and then you experience a dramatic drop.Which lets face it. is horrible.
More to come on numbers 3-5 of reasons behind emotional eating.