A client messaged me this week because she was concerned that she was emotionally eating at night after dinner.
"I'm not even hungry and yet find myself eating," she said.
Maybe you can relate?
Here is the thing about emotional eating, your body is doing it to protect you.
Yup, it's trying to keep you safe!
You see, if you've never gotten comfortable sitting with your emotions, or even learned how (I teach this in my programs), then your brain sees these emotions as unsafe.
This is because for your brain, unfamiliar=unsafe=threat to survival.
And so every night you might find yourself snacking in front of the TV because when eating, you're distracted from the thoughts and emotions that might be coming up otherwise.
It's almost like a pick your poison.
Either you can feel the pain of sitting with the thoughts and emotions until it passes.
Or you can feel the pain of getting mad at yourself for emotionally eating yet again.
One is familiar, one is not.
One forces you to confront thoughts and fears like: Am I happy with my life? Do I really love this person? Do I want to stay in this career?
Or anything that might come up when you create the space to hear it (aka not eating.)
The other does not.
Food Freedom Tip
When you find yourself going to emotionally eat, take a deep breath into the low belly and exhale slowly (helps regulate your nervous system) and then ask yourself.
"What is the emotion I am trying to avoid right now?"
Be as granular as you can, aka be more specific than just saying tired, or stressed.
Now that you know the emotion, say "I am feeling x emotion."
And that's it!!!
There are several more steps to this I teach in my coaching but this first step is key because you've named it!
We need to name it to feel it to heal it.
Naming the emotion moves you out of your limbic system and into your prefrontal cortex which starts allows you to start processing and moving through it!
Try this and notice the difference!
I have a lot more tools and information for you on emotional eating and so if you're interested, know that I cover all of this in my 90 Days to Food Freedom 1:1 Coaching Program.
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- 3 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lime juice
- 1 tablespoon (½ ounce) maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) white rum
- ½ cup soda water
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with lime juice and syrup.
- Add the rum and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
- Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid.
- Top off the glass with soda water.
- Garnish with additional mint leaves.
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