FACTS: Life is tough – food is comforting!
10 things that indicate you are eating your feelings:
1: Out of the blue you stand and glance into the fridge
2: Food fills your thoughts, even if you are full
3: You talk passionately about food
4: Food intrigues you
5: You eat when you are content
6: You eat when you are somber
7: You find it difficult to stop when you begin eating
8: You find it difficult to lose weight
9: You seek out for food
10: You eat when you are stressed
In the past after a busy day, I would come home and go to the baker for a piece of cake.
The gratification was not to be misguided. About fifteen minutes after the indulgence, I would promise myself I would never do it again and that I could only criticize myself over my cake intake.
Only two days later I found myself in the same situation.
But to my surprise I found something out about myself that day, the desire for cake was a depiction of myself reacting to stress.
The stress was so overwhelming that I would avoid the sensation of sadness and for bypassing that sadness I would reward myself with the cake.
If you also indulge your feelings, I have some advice on how to overcome this obstacle.
It has helped me greatly and I know it can benefit you.
Firstly, recognize that you are indulging your feelings.
- Do you only eat when you are hungry?
- Or if something drastic happens to your life?
- Are you trying to temporarily “escape” from your life?
Sometimes we are so busy “abandoning” something tedious in our lives that we are not really aware of what we are doing. But it is important to identify the cause of overeating. It is important that you reflect on your desires so you know precisely what causes them. Once you know the cause you can better prepare yourself for future cases. I have many clients who have not been able to avoid temptations on the drive home from a stressful day at work or even watching TV without self wallowing in food.
Many overeat alone when emotions get overwhelming, is this you?
In relation to the formalities of buying your satisfactory needs on the way home or eating your sweets in front of the TV etc. Try starting new formalities that don’t contain food.
Write it down in a notebook or on your mobile:
- What cause or feelings make me overeat?
- Is it at certain peaks of the day?
- Was I alone?
When you find out when and why your habits have emerged, you can also find out how to better create new healthy habits for yourself. Those habits are big part of developing your self discipline.
So the next time you want to go to that baker for the delicious pastry of the day, ask yourself first:
What am I trying to avoid and or what feelings do I want to dispose of?
The next thing you can do when you define your formalities is that when you get the desire for unhealthy, you call a good friend (who has knowledged about your challenges) and deliberate on the topic.
Another method you can use, to get your feelings out, instead of eating is for example; declutter your home just as you are with yourself.
Another possibility is you could rearrange your garden, anything is better than using your time indulging your emotions into food.
Try to use your time more wisely rather than in a negative way.
A third method is exercise, which if you weigh out your options is always great for your health. These positive new “formalities” will make you feel a hundred times better than any delicious cake would.
I also collected my top-15 council on how I stay positive. The named the post life counseling, since it hepls me identifying whenever I’m down. Hope it can help you as well.