5 hours ago
Eating is never purely functional - it is healthy and normal to sometimes eat for emotional reasons. Socially, sharing food, celebrations 🎉 - food is meant to be a pleasure and joy.
But what if you feel you are constantly turning to food - maybe to self-soothe, distract or escape emotions? This is not so great, having an impact on emotional and physical wellbeing.
Some examples: - ❌ To soothe loneliness, when you are longing for comfort and support. ❌ When you are bored, offering stimulation at the cupboard door when nothing else excites. ❌ When you are sad and in desperate need of consolation. ❌ When you are feeling overwhelmed and burdened down with pressure. ❌ When you feel desolate and empty, seeking to fill the void to just feel something. ❌ When you worry and fret about what is going to happen next. ❌ When you feel envious and inadequate as you make comparisons with others. ❌ When you feel disgust and self-loathing helping you bury these feelings deep to find some momentary escape.
Food can serve a multitude of needs beyond nourishment.
Rather than trying to stop emotional eating through willpower or dieting, it is helpful to explore different ways of coping with emotional needs. This can be tricky at first, as nothing feels as good as food initially. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
You might not even be aware of your feelings to start with. Try keeping a food and feelings diary to help identify your emotions and thoughts. This helps raise self awareness of what’s going on for you with food.
Emotional eating might also be linked to a lack of self care - food is meeting your short term needs, when you actually need more rest, fun, connection or something else.
Self help literature can be helpful. Eg: Breaking free from emotional eating @geneenroth
If you’re caught in a knot with emotional eating, you might consider speaking to a counsellor.
Don’t give up. Recovery is possible! 🌟
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