Yesterday we talked about emotional eating, when a person makes up for their feelings through
food. In colloquial terms, it is often called comfort food. We talked about how to identify yourself as
a stress eater. Now that you know that you’re a stress eater here are two simple steps to stop
The first step is to identify the things that trigger you. Is it stress? There are many other things that
may lead to emotional eating, such as boredom, social influences, feelings of emptiness and
loneliness, stuffing yourself to pacify emotions, etc. So identify what it is that makes you eat
Now comes the second step. When you know what it is that makes you eat, try to find alternatives to
eating. If you eat when you’re alone, go and hang out with a friend, or talk to one on the phone.
If you eat when you’re bored, do something; pick up a book, watch something on the TV, etc. Pick up a hobby.
If you’re tired and want to eat to rejuvenate yourself, do something else, like have a cup of
tea or coffee, or take a bath. If you’re anxious, try to relax yourself.
You can listen to soothing music or take a walk to do this.
Another thing that can help you control emotional eating is practicing mindful eating, where you are
aware of your eating habits and take necessary caution.
So now that you’re armed with this knowledge, go ahead and gain control of your life!