What Type of Eater Are You?
Emotional eaters seek a quick fix to a negative emotion and a fast route to feeling good.
They find comfort in food when they are feeling low or stressed. Eating refined carbohydrates makes them quickly feel full and satisfied, which gives them a spike of happiness, calmness or numbness that only lasts a while. Their preferred choice of comfort food is whatever was used to sooth them as children.
If you only felt happy and loved, significant or important when your mother bought you a cream cake, you will crave cream cakes whenever you feel down so you can recreate that same comforting feeling from your childhood. But remember it is the feeling you crave, not the cake.
Of course, as a child, all your immediate needs could be met with a food bribe, but as an adult this doesn't do the trick. And so you find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle using food as quick fix medication and then feeling bad or guilty about it, so you go and eat more.
The best way to resolve emotional eating is to identify what it is you are feeling.
When you know which is the negative emotion you are trying to get rid of or suppress, then you can choose a better way of dealing with it, so you can get more of what you really want.
Instead of refined carbs full of sugar, salt or fat, you can have a filling portion of rice and beans to comfort you. You can also forget about food altogether and instead go for a walk, call a friend, have a manicure, take up a hobby or interest and join a class, you can even join gym classes. All these alternatives will contribute to filling up your good feelings, which you want, without adding up the pounds, which you don't want.
Emotional eaters benefit from group interactions to feel supported and connected in life.
If you want to stop your negative emotions controlling your relationship with food, you can grab the bull by the horns and free yourself right now. Book your free 30-minute consultation and find out how I can help you.