Confession: I used to be an emotional eater; I used to not eat at all sometimes; I used to binge and then cancel it out by working out or not eating the next day; I used to have a deep emotional connection with food. And then one day all of this changed. Please note: I am not a professional nor a nutritionist and all opinions in this post are my own.
I believe that at some point in our lives, we use food as a coping mechanism. It took me until I was 24 to realize that I needed to come to terms with my emotions and stop torturing myself because I ate a cookie (or a whole row), did or didn’t go to the gym, ate fast food, drank a case of beer (wait, what?), or GASP: ate some carbs! I needed to stop insulting myself because I couldn’t deal with my emotions. I happened to find my answers by chance when I bought Bethenny Frankel’s book “Naturally Thin” on a whim.
And can I tell just tell you? GAME. CHANGER. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this RHONY turned author & Skinnygirl, but she knows what’s up. She taught me all about BALANCE and how to stop punishing myself.
Overcome emotional eating with these 5 easy tips:
[excerpts/summaries are from Bethenny’s book: “Naturally Thin”]
Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself
Food is not your friend, not your enemy, not your girlfriend, not your comfort. It is food. Treat yourself with respect to know when enough is enough, that you will always be able to eat again at another meal, or eat this food on another day. Don’t tell yourself that today you’re going to be “bad” and tomorrow “good” because it’s nonsense. Be good to yourself today by breaking this habit by being present and knowing when to walk away from the bag of chips. If you can’t stop eating, then change tastes and eat something else, go brush your teeth, or literally take a walk to clear your head/deal with your emotions.
Your Diet is a Bank Account
Think about it: if you splurge on an amazing pair of Louboutins, then you’re not going to say “oh well, I just spent $600, so I might as well spend another $1000 on clothing and totally wipe out my savings.” That doesn’t make any sense girl and you need to apply this SAME logic to your eating habits. Make smart investments with healthy foods and then save your splurges for something that you REALLY want. But just like with a shopping splurge, you have to cut back for a little while until your bank account is back in order again.
You Can Have It All, Just Not All at Once
There is so much delicious food when you are out to eat with friends, traveling, or attending an event like a wedding. But here is the revolutionary concept: you are the only one responsible for what you put in your mouth. Just because the food is there, doesn’t mean that you need to devour it all at once. Are you looking at pizza and French Fries? Pick one option and balance it out with something green, and next time you can have the French Fries instead.
Taste Everything, Eat Nothing
This comes from the Italian saying mangia poco ma bene, which translates to eat little, but eat well. This means that you CAN eat anything that you want, but you must savor it and pay attention to when you’re eating. Take 3 bites of something really decadent and REALLY enjoy those 3 bites; be present in that moment and savor all of it. No food is fattening in very small quantities.
Cancel Your Membership in the Clean Plate Club
Make this your number one rule when you go out to eat. When your food comes out, mentally prepare yourself to only eat ½ or ¾ of the meal and to either save the rest of throw it out. This small change can make a huge difference.
Basically, you need to buy a copy of her book now. It will change your life. Her 10 tips helped me completely change my perspective on food and I can now say that after a lot of HARD WORK to change my habits, I no longer eat emotionally, binge, or starve myself, BUT it is something that I needed to consciously practice every single day for the last 6 years. I’ll cheers to that![icon type=”angle-double-right”] What’s your favorite tip that you’re going to start practicing? [icon type=”angle-double-right”] Which of these tips do you already practice? [icon type=”angle-double-right”] Anything else that helps you balance yourself?
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