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Emotional eating is one of the hardest things to conquer when it comes to eating better.
The first step to managing our emotional eating is to know when we're actually emotionally eating. Awareness is critical. [Read: Is your ego getting in the way?]
The first step to overcoming any challenge is to acknowledge it's there in the first place.
If any of the following sound familiar to you, we're emotional eating:
1. My hunger comes on suddenly
Physical hunger comes on gradually. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.
2. I crave specific foods
Cravings for specific foods (usually unhealthy) is a sign of emotional hunger. While the rush we get from satisfying a craving is pleasurable, it's emotional hunger. Remember: pleasure is fleeting. That's why we want and more and more of these foods.
3. My hunger feels urgent
In this case we're willing to go out of our way or even eat food that's not ours. Physical hunger doesn't need to be satisfied urgently. Physical hunger is a lot more patient. Emotional hunger feels urgent.
4. I have an upsetting emotion
If we take a look at the last few hours or days, I'll bet we'll find an upsetting event that caused a feeling that triggered the urge to eat.
5. I don't stop eating after I feel full
Emotional hunger usually demands more and more food to feel satisfied. When we're physically hungry, we don't need to be stuffed.
6. It's not located in my stomach
When we're physically hungry, we'll take what we can get. When we're emotionally hungry, we crave the taste of a certain food. We can't stop thinking of a particular food or taste or texture.
7. I didn't even realize how much I just ate
When we're physically hungry our body is alerting us: feed me! So we're alert! But when we're emotionally hungry, we find ourselves just eating to eat. Before you know it, a bar of this or a bag of that is gone.
8. I feel terrible after I eat
Food is good! It's also fuel. Feeding our body what it needs is nothing to feel guilty about. If we feel guilty after we eat, though, it's likely because our rational brain knows we ate for the wrong reasons.
9. You feel that if you can't be perfect it's not worth eating healthfully
Many times if we eat something against the wishes of our long term / rational mind, we figure, "What the heck! I might as well just give in and eat everything!" But there's no such thing as perfection! Progress is perfection.
10. The thought of healthy foods doesn't seem appealing
If we're willing to eat anything we're physically hungry. When we're emotionally hungry, we usually have tunnel vision, and the only thing that seems appealing is the food we're thinking about.
Let's watch out for these. Awareness is the critical first step.
If you're an emotional eater consider joining MBT. It's my proven program that has helped countless people change their relationship with food forever.
Most diets fail because the only thing you're changing is the food you're eating. So you go from one diet to the next without ever being able to stick with anything. You think "If I just tried harder" or had "more willpower" or "more discipline" I'd be able to do it. But even if you're able to stick it out until you reach your goal what happens afterward?
Unless you change your relationship with food, and the way you think and react to food, you're not going to change for the long-term. This is why most people gain back the weight they lost.
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