‘I need sugar’ ‘Stuff it all I’m getting a take away’
Sound familiar? or do you mindlessly eat? 1 biscuit won’t hurt, then 2 then the packet is gone before you have even registered it because your too busy thinking about what ever it was that drove you too it.
So what is this? Why do WE do it? Yes iv done it!
Lets start with understanding what emotional (comfort) eating is. Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger. Most emotional eaters feel powerless over their food cravings. When the urge to eat hits, it’s all you can think about.
In most cases its due to either stress or the lack of love for oneself. To be fair its probably both.
When you are in this stressed state the body needs energy to keep up. Quick energy as we know usually comes from sugars, hence the ice cream! lol However we also crave fat and salt along with that and there in lies the problem. The deadly combo (learn all about this in the nutrition section of the ‘Lifestyle Course’).
Stress also up regulates the hormone Cortisol, another enemy of the abs, and also compromises digestion leading to nasty gut issues.
So we know the damage but how to we avoid or change it? Here are some of my top tips!
- Know your triggers!
What is causing this? stress at work? a relationship? lack of self worth? Lack of will power? You need to identify the problem in order to know your triggers. Once you know know, ‘ok I cant not have a biscuit off the tea trolley’ or ‘everyone is going to chippy for lunch’ then you know you need to have a strategy! Or if work or home life is stressing you out and your still trying to be superwoman you need to take responsibility and only take on what you can or deal with an issue or people.
This strategy could be simply to leave the area for 5mins. This gives you time to distract your thoughts and miss the trolley. Spend this 5 mins reminding yourself why your doing this and being grateful for being IN control.
2. Allow yourself to feel
To often we suppress our emotions. ‘whats suppressed and not addressed usually becomes expressed in a negative’ meaning if you don’t cry your usually angry, if you eat to suppress, you gain weight! Suppressing emotions does nothing but stuff them down into the boiling pot to explode when you least want it or at your poor partner! lol
Allow yourself to FEEL. Sit and allow the emotions to come up, one by one. Don’t think just feel. This will be uncomfortable and at time over whelming but you will soon run out of energy and the ‘urge’ will hit a peak and fall. Trust me. Now ask yourself, what do i really want. You may be surprised at your answer!
3. Connect with your emotions!
We are all driven by emotions. Everything you do is driven by pain or pleasure. Comfort eating is seeking immediate pleasure to avoid pain but in the long run only leads to pain. Before you raid the cupboards at home (ps. you should clear these anyway) connect with your emotions. Remind yourself of how much you want to lose fat or the negative emotions that comfort eating brings. Bring into your mind and body those emotions and allow them to resinate. Now, do you still want to raid the cupboards.?
Plain and simple! Read a book, take a bath, talk to a friend, anything that will distract and also give you pleasure! If we stare at the cookie, you body will want the cookie. The body is actually already starting to release tiny drops of insulin to prepare to eat it. The mouth waters and the enzymes are armed and dangerous! Protect yourself and remove the junk!
5. Have an emergency DN box!
Probably the best one yet for days where you just cant get out or distract! Have a box, in work, at home where ever that has a ‘limited’ selection of ‘safe treats’. So the likes of nuts covered in chocolate, sugar free jelly, Dynamite balls (lol), 85% chocolate, popcorn, greek yogurt etc. This box is there to pull you out of a hole but won’t do much damage! I swear by it! 🙂
There are loads more targets but that is my top 5! Try them out and let me know how you get on! At the end of the day you need to love yourself enough to not sabotage your progress, but at the end of the day we are human, we have ‘bad days’. Just pick yourself up, dust off your cape and tell yourself its going to be ok! Don’t allow your mind to focus on the negative!
For more info just like this and more please join me and rest of the guys on the 23rd of July at the Dn Lifestyle Course, where we will learn to cook the treats you want, learn the best fat loss protocols and also on how to start loving yourself!
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Hope to see you soon!