How Can I Curb Emotional Eating?

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Emotional eating, I think is one of the most common things that I would say all people do. What we do if we're emotionally eating? If you notice that you are not eating based on below the neck physical hunger but rather above the neck emotional hunger. Start to ask yourself, what is it that I'm hungry for? Is it companionship? Is it attention? Is it love? Is it happiness? And then ask yourself, what is a non-food activity that will give me this feeling that I'm really craving? Because when we are emotionally eating, it's not about the food, it's about the feeling that we really want.

Second, if you're emotionally eating give yourself what I call the psychological secret of support. One of the most common triggers for binge eating and for emotional eating is the feeling of loneliness. So, if you are yourself and by the way humans are, by themselves, more and more these days as of decades half [xx].

Give yourself some support in the form of an eaters anonymous that you always have someone to call in the wee hours of the morning. Connect to your friends, make plans to have dinner with other people, all of these things are going to turn down that loneliness and you will be far less likely to eat emotionally.

Third, use the psychological secret of mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention to what you are doing in the present moment. That means, if you're eating you're eating, you're not eating while watching a TV show. Study show that when people eat while they're doing things like watching movies, TV shows or you eat one more calories, then if you did something very simple and that is eat from a plate with real utensils at a dinning table.

That simple tip can curb emotional eating in its tracks.