Between all the delicious recipes I share here, my purpose for this internet space is so much greater than cupcakes and brownies (although those a pretty amazing perks to the gig). My true purpose for Happy Food Healthy Life© is to inspire, empower, and motivate you to put your best foot forward and live a healthy and truly happy life without all the ugly influences from media, unhealthy relationships, and elsewhere. I am finding more and more, that it is my life purpose to help others who are in a position that I once was. So because of that, I really want to be sure I focus on some of the core reasons why I started this space in the first place.
Today, I’m starting from scratch. From the beginning. So often, I talk about emotional eating and disordered eating. “If you’re an emotional eater, then you should blah blah blah.” But maybe you don’t know if you’re an emotional eater. Maybe it’s really never crossed your mind. Maybe you’re not sure what emotional eating looks like. For some people, it’s just always been a part of their lives, so they just may not recognize it as a thing. So that’s where I wanted to start. I want you to begin to recognize the signs of emotional eating. Once you find out where you are, we can begin really honing in on figuring out the why’s and how we can start making healthy and CONSCIOUS eating decisions.
I’ve come up with five of the most common things that emotional eaters say or feel in regards to food.
5 Common Things that Emotional Eaters Say or Feel
I often eat regardless of my physical hunger. You don’t think much about your hunger level when you go to grab something from the fridge. Something sounds good, and you just grab for it regardless of the fact that you just ate 30 minutes ago. Or you know you are stuffed at the dinner table, yet you just keep on eating, even if you’ve stopped actually tasting and enjoying the food you’re eating.
When I’m stressed/upset/overly happy/etc, I turn to food for comfort and/or celebration. You’ve had a bad day, and the first thing you think to do is turn to food. You convince yourself with statements like, “I’ve been through a lot lately – I deserve to eat these cupcakes… all of them.” Sometimes, this type of thing can happen when you’re overly happy or excited. There have been times I’m high as a kite from a workout, and the first thing I do is eat a handful of cookies. Sometimes, as emotional eaters, our bodies just naturally go to food at either extreme of emotions.
I eat to feel better. You’re just not feeling well. Physically or emotionally, you’re just down. When your body probably needs things like rest, water, and maybe even an ibuprofen or two, you may automatically turn to food.
I feel like I have no will-power or control when it comes to food. Do you hear yourself saying things like, “I have no will-power when it comes to sweets?” Or “I just can’t control myself during the holidays”? I know I used to say, “I would have one, but then I’ll eat the whole container because I can’t help myself.”
I feel like food is always there for me when others aren’t. When it comes down to it, you don’t feel like you have anyone to really turn to when you’re dealing with things in life. Sure, you may have your spouse or significant other. Or a best friend. But it’s just not the same. When you eat, your problems just seem to go away. Maybe the people in your lives aren’t a healthy outlet for you to open up to. Has food become your comforting go-to?
So, how are you feeling? Did some of those statement ring true to the point that you’d like to eat a pint of ice cream? Yeah, I totally get it. Sometimes it just hits you like a slap in the face. You don’t think that you’re part of the category of an emotional eater, but then it’s right there in black and white. And I hate to say something so cliche, but admitting that you are an emotional eater or have a bad relationship with food truly is the hardest, but most important, part. Everything after this point, we can work on, and it only gets easier from here.
So I’d like to know (if you’d like to share), where can you relate, if at all? Leave me a little comment love. Or you could always email me if you don’t want to share with the class (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I will be 100% honest. Until about 2.5 years ago, I felt all of these things on a consistent basis. Now these feelings are very few and far apart. Food truly had power over me. I didn’t realize that I had the power to combat all of those feelings. I didn’t think I would ever be able to tell food, “no more!”
It is possible. It’s something I can work you through. But we’ve got to start here first.
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