Are You Eating Your Feelings?
The relationship between food and feelings is complex
Understanding common triggers can help you make better choices and stay on track with your health and weight loss goals.
A trigger is a stimulus that’s connected or linked to a behaviour .e.g. you feel stressed at work so take a break and go out to buy yourself a coffee and a muffin. You feel better and (an often-unconscious) connection is made.
Other common triggers you may recognise include feeling: 🔶 Anxious about an upcoming event 🔶 Boredom 🔶 Angry at your partner or spouse 🔶 Frustrated with the kids 🔶 Tired and cranky after a poor night’s sleep
In broad terms, there are 3 key components to emotional eating: 🔶 The trigger – a stimulus that links to a behaviour; it’s the thing that sets you off; perhaps it’s a feeling state as mentioned above i.e. boredom, stress, anger, loneliness, fear, anxiety. Interestingly, even positive emotions like happiness and desire and excitement can be triggers for some people. 🔶 Your craving – the food that you crave or “just have to have”, common trigger foods include chocolate, salty foods, cakes, pizza, alcohol – rarely do people experience an intense craving for a large plate of steamed broccoli or spinach!! 🔶 Your action – your response to the above; i.e. the way in which you handle it
We suggest these 5 strategies to short circuit emotional eating: ✔ Understand the difference between hunger and cravings ✔ Recognise your feelings ✔ Relax ✔ Substitute ✔ Shift your attention
Want to learn more about taking control of your emotional eating?
Speak with one of our Nutrition Coaches – Kaan or Kris. They are happy to help 😊❤🍽💪
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