Break the emotional link to food
We women often have an emotional relationship to food. We subconsciously use food as a reward or to subdue the pains of life. We see it as a comfort when we are lonely, anxious or pre-occupied. We binge on snacks such as chocolates, biscuits and crisps and then we feel upset about it, making us even more upset than when we start off.
If we start seeing food as a necessary means of fuel rather than a pick-me-up when we are upset, we will start seeing results in the way we look and feel.
Plan the time, portion and content of your meals each day and stick to it. Many people eat to fill a void in their lives. Examine your life and keep records of your eating habits. If you eat when you’re not hungry, you may be trying to obtain comfort from food. Learn to eat when you’re hungry and plan to eat four to six times a day. Cut down on portion but eat more often.
Once you establish a habit of eating healthy by consuming smaller portions through the day, you will not be as vulnerable to overeating. Never eat spontaneously. Spontaneous eating in the absence of hunger is a sure sign of emotional problems, lack of discipline or lack of nutritional education.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6)
- Determine your mood especially before eating
- Develop interesting hobbies that take your mind off food
- Plan your meals each day
- Strive to develop closer friendships
- Develop better spiritual health
- Monitor your emotions. Be prepared for the urge to overeat when emotionally upset.
Diets are usually impractical and unrealistic, that’s why most people break them, they are there to be broken! Instead try and adopt a healthy way of eating.
The majority of our diet should be carbohydrate foods, accompanied by at least five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, moderate amounts of dairy, meat, fish chicken and pulses, and small amounts of fat and sugar.
However as women, we tend to think, “it just can’t be this simple. We opt for restrictive “fast results” plans that deny us any fulfilment. Weight gain comes from eating too many calories, whether they come from fat, sugar or carbohydrates so it makes more sense to just skip dessert or eat smaller portions of the food you like.
Sources Include: http://www.homeslimmers.com/eemotionaleat.htm