Emotional eating is always a hot topic. While we’ve written a lot about it and believe that it’s often tied more (or at least in part) to this cycle, there’s no doubt that food is surrounded by feelings — negative ones, positive ones, and everything in between.
For feel-good ways to improve your relationship with food by putting self-care and unconditional self-love first, we’ve got this post from Kristin Jones. A certified personal trainer, Inferno Hot Pilates and barre instructor, you can learn more about Kristin and what she does here.
3 Self-Care Practices That Can Help With Emotional Eating, by Kristin Jones
The first steps in improving your relationship with food all involve self-care and acknowledgement of your feelings (and stopping this cycle where it starts) — and beginning that process can start right now. It is time to put yourself, your feelings, and your needs first. When you do, you will be amazed at how feeling your best will become a natural and automatic part of your life.
When you feel yourself wanting to eat something in response to a situation, stop yourself and take five seconds to ask yourself: “Do I physically need this food I am about to eat?” And remember, there’s no wrong answer to this; just pay attention to what the answer is.
If that answer is no, then the next question to ask is, “What am I really hungry for?” This could be anything from, “I need a hug from my husband,” to, “I need to scream into a pillow and get my frustration out of my body.” Whatever it is, if at all possible, give yourself what it is that you truly need in that moment. This allows you to be in the present moment and connect your head, heart, and body — and listen to what your soul truly needs.
The words you say to yourself can either build you up or tear you down. Daily affirmations give you an opportunity to remind yourself of just how amazing you are. When you feel better about yourself you begin to treat yourself in a way that is loving and respectful. Use an app like Think Up to create a minimum of five affirmations that you say to yourself, both in the morning and at night. You can even record your own voice saying your affirmations … a very powerful practice.
It’s hard to feel sad and grateful at the same time. Creating a gratitude journal, where you document what you are grateful for in your life on a daily basis, allows you to realize that, no matter what your circumstances are, there is always something good happening in your life. Focus on the good in your life and you will see more of it. There is such power in the written word. Writing down what you’re thankful for gives it validity and allows you to have a record of how blessed you are.
Figure out how you can make these three strategies a part of your day and see how much your overall happiness increases. For many people, establishing a morning routine where you include affirmations and gratitude is a fabulous way to set the tone for your entire day.
Do it regularly and you will see amazing changes in your life. —Kristin Jones