Emotional eating and being human. We all have issues with it. Let us talk about that a bit and see where I am, and where you are on this journey.

Emotional eating in the form of sweets is very common.
Emotional eating in the form of sweets is very common. Photo by Lucas Pezeta from Pexels

Emotional eating is always something I’ve struggled with. I’m sure there are those of you out there that have this issue too, and that conversation with yourself is always the worst when trying to reason rationally against an emotional moment why eating an entire bag of chips isn’t good for you. Just know that sometimes losing that battle isn’t a terrible thing, it’s a moment of learning.

Weight loss doesn’t always come easy to those of us who deal with stress by emotionally eating, even when we work out. There are stalls, small gains, and frustrations that come with it. All the guilt in the world does nothing but set us back.

Be an optimist! Someone who sees taking a step back after taking a step forward isn’t a disaster, it’s a cha cha.

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There’s a barrier in our mind that tells us it’s okay for this one time and yet there is a vicious cycle at play there that will spiral out of control if you’re not careful. The mind likes to play tricks on us with its cravings for foods that make us “feel good,” and then we overthink it and feel guilty, which makes us eat more.

It’s easy to say just don’t do it, keep it away and keep it out of sight, and if you have it in the house, baggie it up into portions, etc. But when you’re staring emotion in the face and really getting an excellent look at its ugly, craggy, hairy, wicked side with these types of emotions, it’s hard to have rational thought.

Ways to combat this can include talking to someone about what’s eating at you, go for a walk, drink water with infused fruit, and if it’s a sweet craving counteract that craving with a sour food instead like a pickle. That or pick healthy alternatives like grapes. It’s probably not the best thing to eat a pound of grapes, but it’s better than eating half a cake.

When you want to turn to emotional eating, try something healthy as an alternative.
When you want to turn to emotional eating, try something healthy as an alternative. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

I’ve talked about self-care and forgiveness and in this especially we need to keep in mind that we will fall on our face with this. Emotional eating is a hard mistress to handle, and she’s got a bullwhip to keep you in line. Just know you’re not alone in this struggle.

Reach out when you’re feeling this way and really get down to the core of why you feel that emotional eating will make you feel better. Reach out to a friend, a loved one, a therapist, and really get down to it on the reason that’s making you do it. Addressing the core of what’s eating at you is a splendid start to addressing emotional eating itself and any anxiety that comes with it.