Do you know what causes emotional eating?
And how do you overcome it if you suspect it’s a problem in your life?
Those are the two questions I’ll quickly attempt to answer in this email. Because so many people unknowingly suffer from this when they do not have to…
Now, based on the emails that I get, I suspect that there might be some of you struggling with this.
If you feel as though you might be one of them, I’m going to give you some simple steps that may help you move through your struggle… and thrive more in your life!
First, what is emotional eating?
Well emotional eating is when your emotions force you to eat too much bad food…
Many refer to this as eating “comfort food” or “binge eating”. Though there might be different names for it, most cases involve eating too much bad foods that your body craves in the moment….
(foods high in sugars, unhealthy fats and over-processed foods) …
This can happen both consciously or unconsciously.
Either way, the results are the same – If you eat too much of these foods your health and mental state start to suffer.
Sure, it may taste good at first, but it usually makes you feel awful by draining you of natural energy, giving you headaches or putting you in a depressed mood…
Important Note: the quality of the food you eat has a direct impact on your energy levels and how you feel.
And this can spiral out of control real fast – creating a vicious cycle of feeling bad and eating more bad foods that force you to feel worse.
See what I mean?
But here’s the good news: this is not something that you have to live with.
In fact, you can overcome it if you know what steps you should take.
First step is identifying how it works…
So how does it work?
Well, emotional eating often times is controlled by your animal part of the brain.
It’s the part of the brain that controls your fear and reacts to what it perceives to be threats. The part of the brain that is dedicated to your survival.
What often happens is that you feel a negative emotion (i.e. rejection from a relationship) and your animal part of the brain senses this as threat to your survival. And when that happens it releases brain chemicals that give you urges to eat sugary and even toxic foods.
Foods like: pizza, ice cream and pasta…
And like I said before: these foods might seem like a good idea to your taste buds, but if you eat too much of them you’ll feel like crap. I know this from experience :-/
So what do you do if you have a problem?
I realize that while I’m no expert on this topic, I have personally struggled with this in my life. And I can at least talk about what’s worked for me. Because it just might work for you too.
With that said, the next step is to identify what emotional trigger is causing your animal part of the brain to have urges to eat these unhealthy foods.
In order to do this, it takes a degree of self-awareness OR the willingness to note what you’re feeling when you eat this way.
ACTION ITEM: The next time you get the urge to emotionally eat, write down how or what you’re feeling in that moment. Do this every single time and make note of any underlying themes or trends. This will tell you what your trigger is. I suggest you keep a journal to keep track of this.
Next is to replace your response to that trigger with something that’s healing, healthy and empowering to who you are.
Say you’re feeling lonely and you’ve identified “loneliness” to be your emotional eating trigger…
Instead of eating chocolate donuts or vanilla ice cream, you do something that empowers you…
Like go for a walk and connect with nature….
Or read a spiritual book that encourages you….
Or volunteer at a homeless shelter.
Those are just a start of some empowering things you can do…
Now for me… Loneliness was a big trigger… however it wasn’t the only source of my emotional eating.
But by journalling, I was able uncover many more.
And with time and taking empowering action, I was able to create a healthier relationship with food.
Doing this has not only created more peace in my life, but it’s also given me more natural energy to be present in each moment.
Both of which have helped me in every area of my life: personal relationships, business, and having a healthy body.
So if this is an area of improvement for you, I hope you take what you’ve learned in today’s email and apply it to your life.
Do it. And let me know how it goes.