Emotional eating is an attempt to erase discomfort with food. Many people use food to relieve stress only to find that it is not much of a solution. The relief it provides is short-lived and before you know it the issue is back. We are at the point where we started but with the additional burden of guilt.
Read, “What to Do about Emotional Eating.”
Emotional eating results from emotions such as anger, sadness, boredom or loneliness. It can be triggered by specific events such as unemployment, finances, relationships or work. Emotional eating also can be triggered by joyous feelings around holidays and celebrations.
We can find ourselves trapped in a cycle of trying to eat our way to a relief that will never come. Emotional eating will not provide the long-term remedy we want. It does not work. We need to shake off failed habits and try something new.
Pushing Back Against Emotional Eating
Learn the difference between hunger and cravings. Wanting sweets soon after a meal is most likely a craving and not hunger. Let the snack go.
Begin to record triggers that lead to emotional eating. Journal feelings and events that promote sabotage. Put on paper the feelings you had, what you ate, how it felt to surrender, and how it felt afterward.
Distract yourself when you experience cravings. A good conversation with a friend, a walk to collect your thoughts, listening to a favorite piece of music, or watching a good movie might make all the difference. Reflect and consider how much better your life has become since your weight loss surgery. As you progress through your program you will discover what works best.
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Learn how to reduce stress. Try meditation and yoga. Walking or jogging can also be useful, but consult your doctor before you get physical. Learn to relax and read yourself. Clenched teeth and fists, tight muscles and closed body posture are indicators of stress that can lead to emotional eating.
Develop a support network. Support groups take place over the phone and in person. While online support can be had 24/7 on Facebook groups like Bariatric Surgery Women’s support group and Bariatric Weight Loss Family support group. Or on patient communities such as BariatricPal and ThinnerTimes Forum.
Avoid temptation. Do not store junk food or comfort food in your pantry. Keeping problems at your fingertips will end badly.
In good health,
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.