Emotional Eating vs using Food as Fuel
Weight gain is a common problem for many of us. Let’s look at
some of the reasons we allow ourselves to eat unhealthy-—amounts
and types of food.
Common excuses are: it was party time, everyone else was eating
so much, it was a holiday, I did not want to hurt their feelings
by eating so little, I’ve worked so hard and I deserve to have
this, etc….. Rarely do we hear anyone saying they are eating
because they are angry, afraid, sad or hurt: emotional eating.
Emotional eating is an attempt to hide other feelings or to
compensate for something painful in our lives. Emotional eating
is very common. Pay Attention and ask yourself: am I eating
faster and faster; am I eating foods that I know are harmful for
me and then I go away feeling guilty; am I eating so much that I
feel miserable when I leave the table? These are all questions
that involve emotional eating.
Now, let’s consider this reality: Anger, fear, sad and hurt
tend to be tied together in some way. For example: Show me the
level of your anger and I will tell you the depth of your fear--
sandwiched in between is guilt. These emotions are very
powerful. Ask: What am I telling myself that is creating this
feeling at this moment in time? Think about: WHO do you eat
with? WHAT do you eat? WHEN do you eat? WHERE do you eat?
HOW do you eat?
REMEMBER: Cognitive-Behavioral = My Thoughts – lead to my
feeling – lead to my outward Behaviors. Thoughts are
behaviors/actions; therefore, you have the power to change your
thoughts and use them to problem solve vs making excuses. Then
your outward behaviors/actions will be different and healthier.
Remember: You get to make this CHOICE.
THOUGHTS lead to feeling lead to BEHAVIORS.