Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with emotional eating??
Happy? Sad? Bored? Stressed? Anxious? It’s easy to grab food for comfort & then beat yourself up about it later. Eating feels good & gives us control to comfort ourselves. Trust me, we’ve ALL been there and we ALL still experience it!! Some habits are harder to break than others and emotional eating is one of them, but we can choose to be MINDFUL and focus on creating NEW habits instead of reaching for food.
First, let’s differentiate REAL HUNGER vs. EMOTIONAL HUNGER or THIRST!
REAL HUNGER = growling belly, mood-shift, feeling of not being able to focus.
If you’re feeling legitimate hunger, then you should definitely listen to your body’s cues and feed it. It is hard to overeat veggies, so that it what we recommend you eat (portion fixers – add another green container). You can also try adjusting your shakeology time to when you feel the most hungry (it is formulated to help you feel full and reduce cravings).
***Please reach out if you feeling hungry regularly – we may need to adjust your calories to better match your lifestyle.
EMOTIONAL HUNGER can be caused by boredom, excitement, exhaustion, the food channel (haha – but seriously… STAY AWAY!) depression, anxiety, stress… For me, I had to learn our triggers & shift our attention!
Here are some ways to avoid the EMOTIONAL snacking:
1. Drink a LARGE glass of water
– Sometimes thirst is mistaken as hunger
2. Get outside
– Go on a walk & enjoy the fresh air
– Walk barefoot in the grass (this is called grounding & helps a ton when feeling stressed)
– Talk to a friend on the phone
– Plug into THIS group for support
4. Distract yourself
– Paint your nails (you can’t eat when your nails are WET!)
– Brush your teeth / pop a mint
– Take a bath or shower
– PRESS PLAY and get a workout in
5. Delay your craving
– Tell yourself you just have to wait 5 minutes before giving in to the craving
– While you’re waiting, check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What’s going on emotionally? Even if you end up eating, you’ll have a better understanding of why you did it. This can help you set yourself up for a different response next time.
– Write down WHY you’ve made a commitment to this lifestyle and how you want to FEEL
Bottom Line: Give yourself some GRACE. This isn’t about being perfect, it’s about giving it our best and growing stronger through the process.