Unfortunately, many of us eat to relieve stress. Here are 6 ways to identify your eating triggers and stop stress eating for good.
Why You Should Change Your Stress Habits
You have heard me say it before, but when you go on a diet you might be setting yourself up for failure from the start.
Here Is Why:
Diets are stressful. They are stressful on the mind as well as the body. And stress causes your body to release hormones that trigger a chain reaction of eating issues for a lot of people.
This is why weight loss with tapping, NLP, and hypnosis is so powerful. When you change your behavior, your excess weight will melt away.
Unfortunately, many of us eat to relieve stress. But, the truth is that the relief we find is short-lived and only lasts until the final bite. Then the problems reappear.
In reality, the problems or stress never really went away – we were just distracting ourselves. Once the cycle starts the inevitable feelings of being a failure set in.
Because not only did you “not” solve your problems, but you created a new one right there around your waist!
What Is The Solution?
Find Tools Besides A Fork To Combat Stress And Anxiety
In the time it takes to forage for any of your favorite quick-fix foods (or settle with whatever works!), you can take steps to break the cycle, beat stress, eliminate emotional eating, which ultimately will help you drop the excess weight for good (without really trying that hard!).
Food cravings, especially for emotional eaters, mean you want something else. It could be creative stimulation, companionship, or more satisfaction in life.
Identify Your Triggers
What are your eating triggers? Boredom, frustration, and loneliness? Once you figure out what the real issue is you have a great opportunity to change your stress habits and your behavior.
Here is a step-by-step plan to figure it out and “feed” your real issue!
6 Ways To Stop Stress Eating For Good
1. Keep A Food Journal
Every time you reach for food, write down what you eat and how you were feeling. Patterns will emerge. Once you recognize the pattern, you are on a path to start to break it.
2. Find New “Stimulants”
Do you eat when you are bored? Time to make a new “grocery” list: buy inexpensive, accessible things such as books, CDs, and tapes or DVDs of favorite films that provide the emotional lift you are seeking from food. Keep them handy, and turn to them when you are down.
3. Call Your Best Friend
Do you eat to escape painful feelings? Make a human connection instead of eating. Call someone who makes you feel good. Connect. The opposite of addiction is connection!
4. Create New Habits
Find a hobby. When you are engrossed in something you love, you forget all about eating, especially if you are active. Doing something with your hands may keep you from putting things in your mouth.
Consider adult coloring books, handicrafts like knitting or crochet, or even doing jigsaw puzzles.
5. Head Toward Your Dreams
Moving towards goals, one little step at a time is satisfying. With taking a simple, small step forward the feelings of empowerment and accomplishment provide a heady satisfaction that begins a cycle of satisfaction and for many, satisfaction without food.
6. Find New Rewards
Like most people, you probably eat to celebrate happiness too. Find new, affordable rewards such as earrings or tickets to a play or movie.
To make lasting and sustainable change you must change your stress habits. Take 15 minutes today and see if you can discover some new ways to deal with your emotional issues. Then let me know what you figure out in the comments.