Tips for Combating Emotional Eating

We speak about emotional eating often when discussing nutrition but now is as good a time as any to really harp in on it.

Dealing with emotional eating can be a difficult task. More often than not, we have old emotional demons that creep up without us even knowing. However, in a time like now, where there is a lot of unknown, lots of extra time in the house and limited social interaction, our emotions really can beat any of our goals to the ground.

All this being said, if you are not in a place to focus on your goals right now, that is understandable, however, we do still advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and focusing in on things you can control.

Track your food and identify trends

Write down everything you eat, and the times in which you eat it. Doing so can help you identify trends in what you're consuming and when. Take note of after dinner snacks and the types of foods you're consuming not at meal time. Also take note of the foods you are gravitating too. Find a solution for these things such as keeping them out of the house, pre-portioning them or something where you won't keep going back for more.

Get Enough Sleep + Overall Rest

Both sleep and rest can really help your body, especially when it comes to dealing with stress. Your body and mind restores while it is soundly asleep. Try to get as much restful sleep as you can, ensuring that you are actually sleeping while you are in bed. If you have trouble sleeping, devote some time to resting throughout the day for a few minutes to give your mind and body a break.

Remove Being "Good" or "Bad" from Your Vocabulary

A lot of times, emotional eating comes with an internal dialogue of being "bad" versus being "good." Notice the quotes here? There is no good or bad. Eating something has not instantaneously turned you into a bad person. Do not let "being bad" allow you to keep going or continue