It’s not just what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you

Weight loss and adopting a healthy lifestyle is more than just watching what you eat, it is also being aware of why you eat.

Stress, depression and boredom can be reasons why we eat that has nothing to do with hunger.

Eating under these conditions provides temporary comfort in the moment we are eating, but soon after guilt shame and discomfort set in.

How do we avoid soothing these emotions with food?

Stress:

  • Take an inventory of your stressors, eliminate the ones that are beyond your control. Develop ways other than eating to cope with your stress
  • Learn to stay no
  • Put yourself first

Depression

  • Keep positive affirmations around you
  • Stop negative self talk as soon as it starts (I literally say “stop” out loud when my inner critic starts yapping)
  • Seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with getting help from a professional. Don’t let a perceived stigma interfere with your quality of life

Boredom

  • Exercise
  • Talk to a friend
  • Journal
  • Start a hobby
  • Relax

To learn more about not using food to cope with mental and emotional issues, purchase the book I Know How to Lose Weight So Why Haven’t I available in print and on Amazon kindle by clicking here

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