Thursday, January 31, 2013
I am 44 years old, and for the first 44 years of my life, I have always felt the need to do more. Do this, do that, be an overachiever. Don't slow down. Go, go, go until you can't go anymore. But now one of my "resolutions" aka goals for 2013 is to do less.
Why? Because if I do less I will take care of myself more, and if I take care of myself more, I will be able to eat better.
Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort. So, there are two parts of preventing emotional eating: 1) taking care of emotions and 2) learning to comfort ourselves in non-food ways. I know two things that seem to work for me are taking a time out and resting.
There will always be some amount of negative emotions and stress - that is just part of life. Every day has its ups and downs. Being a little more laid-back and philosophical about the bad times can help to deal with them.
So when the inevitable bad times and stressful situations happen, what should we do? Well, try turning to something other than food. Cuddle with your dog, wrap up in a blanket, read a trashy novel, lie on the sofa. If you are at work or in a public place, figure out your own rituals to dealing with stress in a socially acceptable way. You can do it - without food.