4 Ways to Tackle Emotional Eating

4 Ways to Tackle Emotional Eating

At 55 I find myself continuing to engage in activities that are determinable to my health and well-being.

One such item I am tackling as I work through my 5-year strategic plan (aka Onward to 60!), is emotional eating.

Yep there I said it. Now it’s a thing for me.

Emotional eating leads to the obsession with what I eat, how much I eat, and how much I weigh. I don’t want that shit to take up anymore space in my head. It’s maddening and it’s unproductive.

What is emotional eating?

According to Wikipedia, emotional eating is defined as overeating in order to relieve negative emotions. Thus, emotional eating is considered a maladaptive coping strategy.

Yikes!

Then when you scarf down that pint of ice cream to soothe your battered soul, you feel guilty. Right? It’s a vicious cycle.

How does one stop emotional eating?

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Stop the Habit

Identify triggers such as stress, boredom, or trying to stuff down anger, sadness, etc, are all reasons we emotionally eat. It’s a habit. Looking at the triggers will help you understand why you overeat.

Then you replace the overeating with a good habit. If you feel anxious go for a walk. If you feel sad, call a friend or go play with your dog. If you are bored, read or write or play the guitar.

You get the idea. Of course it’s easier said than done. Breaking our bad habits is hard and it’s even harder getting good habits to stick. However, I believe this is where I need to start.

(I have an e-book on Amazon, The Science and Art of Bad Habits, if you want to delve deeper into the subject.)

How do I stop the emotional eating that goes beyond just breaking habits?

Release the past

This is a tough one. Many events I can identify, but there are some that lurk as shadows. I catch a brief glimpse on occasion that leaves me with an uneasy feeling. But not enough of a glimpse to fully understand what happened.

The past get buried deep inside and the holds on with a death grip. You know it’s there, yet you can’t quite understand.

Live in the moment

When I was in Colorado my eating habits were really good. It was an adventure I was on and I didn’t have time to wallow. And I spent a lot of time outdoors.

However, like I said in a previous post I am no longer in Colorado. I am here and here is where I need to figure out how to get this emotional eating under control.

Visualize your future

I don’t want to be 60 and still ruminating over this issue. That’s just so incomprehensible to me. What does my future self want to look like or be doing? What does my 60 year old self want to accomplish?

Important questions to answer.

Stay tuned as I work through this process – Onward to 60!

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