What to do About Emotional Eating
When do you eat? Do you use food to replace pleasure you're not getting in other areas of your life?
This can cause poor digestion through your food choices, heaviness, shame, feeling like giving up. It can halt any good habits you were developing. It causes much more. It also brings pleasure, but that's temporary. When the plate is empty so it your heart.
What causes you to emotionally eat? Some of the reasons are:
DEALING WITH TRAUMA
I could go on, there as many emotions as there are stars, so many variations.
You know that feeling of being alone even though you're in a group of people? Even when you're with your "intimate" partner? The pleasure of connection is engulfed by the pain of lack.. (connection with other humans is a basic human need.) What brings you the pleasure you're missing??? Food? What food? Does it work?
There are ways to conquer this habit of eating under emotional stress. Awareness is a start. You need to start somewhere. Realizing what you're trying to replace is step one.
Journaling what you're eating- honestly and also record the emotions and how you feel physically after you eat. Record it all. Buy a special notebook and carry it with you.
There are apps but I highly suggest that you write it out pen to paper. No calorie counting, only bringing awareness to how you're feeling.
RECORD: WHAT YOU EAT, THE TIME
WHERE YOU ARE
HOW YOU FELT
HOW YOU FELT JUST BEFORE YOU STARTED EATING
HOW YOU FEEL DURING THE TIME YOU'RE EATING AND HOW YOU FEEL PHYSICALLY (BLOATED, STOMACH PAIN, HEADACHE, ANY FEELING IN YOUR BODY).
I suggest just watching your habit and behavior. Don't even try to change at first, Step #1 is awareness and then willingness to change. Setting an intention.
Are you willing to change your habit of emotional eating? Finding pleasure in other places? My goal is to help you find the pleasure inside of yourself. No need to eat, snack in a destructive way... No need... No desire...
You can love yourself so much that you want to take care of her.
Here are 3 journal prompts for you to consider. Today the goal is awareness, then willingness.
Just SAY IT. Profess the intentions you have. There's so much power in that.
I can help you halt the habit once you're reached the state of willingness (even if you don't know how).