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Tips to Halt Emotional Eating in the Poconos

Curb Emotional Eating – Helpful Hints to Keep You on Track

When facing a difficult problem, stressful situation, or trying to keep occupied, do you always reach for something to eat?  You are not alone, and whether consciously or unconsciously, many people are emotional eaters and it derails healthy eating plans.  Life often serves up challenges, disappointments, stress and heartache, and food is often the thing we turn to for comfort – especially at our weakest moments.

One problem with emotional eating is that it usually results in eating too much and eating high calorie and high fat foods.  Another concern is that this behavior often becomes a habit in that whenever an emotional situation occurs, such as loneliness, stress, boredom and anger, you automatically reach for food.  Furthermore, this then often becomes an unhealthy cycle creating more distress from the disappointment of overeating and weight gain.

The GOOD NEWS is you can take steps to control emotional triggers and cravings that cause you to overeat.  Here are some great Tips to help you stay on a Healthy Track.

Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat, how you’re feeling when you eat and how hungry you are. Over time, you may see patterns emerge that reveal the connection between mood and food.

Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids.  Sometimes thirst is confused with hunger, so make sure you drink something first, rather than eating when emotions trigger a craving.

Fight boredom. Instead of snacking when you’re not truly hungry, distract yourself. Take a walk, watch a movie, play with your pet or children, listen to music, read, surf the Internet or call a friend.  Change your regular routine and avoid situations that you know are tied to snacking.

Take away temptation. Don’t keep supplies of comfort foods in your home if they’re hard for you to resist. And if you feel angry or blue, postpone your trip to the grocery store until you’re sure that you have your emotions in check.  Don’t keep food in your car or desk at the office if you find yourself eating to keep your hands busy.

Get enough sleep. If you’re constantly tired, you might snack to try to give yourself an energy boost. Take a nap or go to bed earlier instead.

Tame your stress. If stress contributes to your emotional eating, try a stress management technique, such as yoga, meditation or relaxation.

Regular Exercise in a Healthy Environment – Keeping up with a regular exercise routine will remind you to stay on track with healthy eating habits.  Being around other healthy people also helps – take group fitness classes or work with a personal trainer and you will think twice when putting food in your mouth when you are not even hungry.

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