Previously shared on Lindsay Weighs In.
If you’re like me, you may have struggled (or are still struggling!) with emotional eating. It seems to fix the problem, at least for a bit. EXCEPT, food only makes you feel better for so long. I learned this the hard way. Afterwards, you’re stuck with a stomachache, and still have the same problem you did before you ate.
I’ve lost weight before, but I always seem to gain it back, and then some. This past year, I had reached my highest weight ever.
There are other things to do when you’re upset, and through the LL&S challenge, and the incredible team I’m working with, I’m finally winning the battle with emotional eating.
Obligatory disclaimer, I’m not a doctor.
1. Allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling. There’s no shame in breaking down every once in a while, and pushing those emotions down with food doesn’t help anything. Remember, pain demands to be felt. Allow it.
2. Work out. Although I’m having some trouble finding my mojo lately, I can’t say enough good things about what exercising regularly does for my mental health.
3. Listen to a sad song, watch a sad movie or sad TV show. This kinda goes along with allow yourself to feel what’s wrong, but it gives you an outlet. If you’re holding the tears and emotions in, a little bit of star-crossed lovers will get it right out of you.
4. Talk it out. I’m not great about talking about what’s wrong, and prefer to hold it all in, though it rarely works in my favor, and causes me to bottle it up and then explode later. Talk it out, with your friends, your family or a medical professional. Just talk it out with someone! You’d be amazed to see how much of the same things your friends are going through/how supportive those in your life are.
5. Paint your nails. I’m not kidding here! Nobody wants to stick their hands in a bag of something with wet nail polish. Mostly, give your hands something else to be busy with. Read a book or knit (and then teach me). I find the urge passes over time if I keep my hands busy and think about what’s really going on.
Food is meant to be nourishment, and fuel to live a happy, healthy, long life and it isn’t the enemy. I’m facing my demons with emotional eating, and am so thankful for Woman’s Day and Joy Bauer’s team for showing me the way.
Life is so much better when you don’t use food to solve your problems.
What do you do besides emotionally eat?