Ep 055 - Emotional Eating
Do you struggle with emotional eating?
Emotional eating is the tendency to eat in response to positive and negative emotions. Humans will do anything in their power not to feel uncomfortable, so to make it go away/ distract themselves many people turn to food.
In this episode we share the spectrum of emotional eating - there are different levels and some are healthy and some are not as self honoring.
This is to say that some emotional eating is completely healthy and normal, but there does come a time when it can be destructive to your relationship with food and your body.
A first step is to assess where you are on the spectrum.
Normalizing emotional eating is definitely something you'll want to do - you may be in a place where accepting the emotional eating that is happening, is the best next step.
Dieting/ the desire to eat less/ “food is fuel” narrative has demonized all emotional eating when in fact it’s just a part of normal eating….
But yes there are times and degrees of emotional eating that you might want to work on shifting to improve your relationship with food and your body.
The overarching key is repairing your relationship with food and your body
Once you realize you can eat ice cream at any time for any reason, it loses it’s power and wont have the same emotional effect it used to, therefore you will stop using it as a coping mechanism.
I had a client in the past that was jokingly mad, because after a hard, stressful day at work that big cheesy pizza just didn’t do the trick anymore. She had to discover new ways of unwinding, de-stressing - which felt great for her but the food really did lose it's power over her.
This is a common occurrence in The UnDiet Academy and its BECAUSE these women are repairing their relationship with food and their bodies.
That being said, here are some small steps you can take to alleviate emotional eating that you feel is not serving you.
Make a list of things that you know help you destress/ relieve emotions etc.
ALLOW FOOD - we say this all the time but it is kind of the basis of everything.
If food is special, it will always have power over you. If food is forbidden you will always break the rules, forbidden fruit is the sweetest
Let us know in our FB community (www.facebook.com/groups/howtoloveyourbodypodcast) - what level of the spectrum do you feel your emotional eating is at?
We will support you in moving forward from where you’re at.
Lauren and Jenna
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