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How to Stop Emotional Eating – The Answers

“Emotional Eating” now seems to be part and parcel of our constantly demanding lives but you can take control and learn how to stop emotional eating for ever!

Do you find it a struggle not to reach for some form of ‘comfort food’ every time you’ve had a bad day or someone’s caught you off guard?

I struggle to find any woman these days who’s not trying to juggle 10 things at once and focusing so hard on balancing everything that the one thing that gets left out is her own needs and desires.

The pressure is on you to be all things, to all people, except yourself right?

This pressure is bound to build up and focus it’s attention on one area or another and lets our emotions boil over into reaching for chips, chocolate, large amounts of ‘anything’ or many large glasses of alcohol to help us ‘feel’ instantly better!

You ‘think’ that consuming ‘stuff’ will make it all better, at least make you ‘feel’ better, until you realise the aftermath of letting your emotions let you eat your way to putting on additional weight and not fitting into your clothes anymore!

Emotional eating is the act of consuming large quantities of food or high level content foods know as ‘comfort’ and ‘junk foods’ with response to ‘feelings’ instead of a response to actual hunger.

It is estimated that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

As an Emotional Eater you may find it difficult to stick to any eating plan for long. When life’s struggles become too much, it doesn’t matter how well you have done and how much you have achieved, you will reach for the bad foods as a coping mechanism every time.

Here’s some tips to control your hunger and emotional eating

Over the years I’ve learnt not to reach for the pizza or a large glass of red wine when I’ve had a bad day.

Instead I take my emotions out in the kitchen by cooking a nutritious meal or going for an evening cycle…

How about you? Do you pick up the take away menu or take your emotions out of a nice home made meal?

You need to ensure that you’re eating because you’re hungry and not allow your emotions to rule your actions.

Hunger is triggered by the hormone ghrelin, which is taken from the word ‘ghre’ in the Pro-Indo-European language, meaning to grow.

Ghrelin is released when the stomach is empty. You need to keep ghrelin’s level low during the day to keep your hunger pangs under control. Apart from an empty stomach, eating too few calories for your body’s needs and drinking alcohol can also raise your ghrelin levels.

Here are my 5 tips to help you control your appetite which also helps you stop reaching for the wrong foods when you’re feeling down, angry or even think you deserve a (very large, fat & calorie dense) ‘treat’!:

1. Eat breakfast – aim for a bowl of slow burning complex carbs such as oatmeal with blueberries & scrambled eggs.

2. Stick to your meals times – stay on a schedule when it comes to your 5 small meals a day. Always be prepared, meaning if you are out and about carry a bag of trail mix with you.

3. Stay away from processed foods, fast foods and anything that isn’t wholesome, natural and fresh.

4. Eat protein – this helps you feel fuller for longer. Always have protein with every meal whether that be with your snacks, breakfast or dinner. Try this smoothie for a great snack or breakfast alternative => Fat Loss Diet Fruit Protein Smoothie

5. Get your 8 hours of sleep each night. When you haven’t had enough zzzz’s, your food cravings will shoot through the roof and the desire for calorie dense high foods will increase.

For further tips on how to stop emotional eating => www.stephricefitness.com/howtostopemotionaleating

Stay fit, keep focused and feel fabulous!

Best wishes

Steph Rice

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