I never considered myself an emotional eater until after I completed the Daniel Fast. I’ve been in denial and truth be told I felt a bit superior to people who accepted that title. What I’ve learned about myself is that I don’t eat very much when I’m depressed, and I do eat junk food when I’m stressed or feeling inadequate. Why junk food and not fruit, vegetables and nuts??? Because junk food = comfort food. Comfort food makes you feel good because it tastes good and is familiar. The problem with eating junk food to ease stress is that it’s not good for you, adds unnecessary fat, calories, sugar and salt to your diet and promotes weight gain. Both situations (not eating and eating junk food) shine light on unhealthy coping skills.
Since 2014 started my stress levels have been through the roof! I think I bit off more than I can chew. I feel it in my body and I SEE it when I look in the mirror. Since I’ve admitted my emotional eater status, I’ve been making calculated moves to NOT indulge in junk food and look for alternatives. I bathed in essential oils and salts three times in one week – it was awesome! I’m also sharing an article (more for me than you) I wrote last year on ways to relieve stress. I came up with 11 natural and low cost ways to eliminate stress. I’ll definitely be trying all of these out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Stress is a killer and I need to get rid of this emotional eating baggage!
Crazy drama filled friends – who needs the extra drama? Just watch SCANDAL J
Pressure from work – set boundaries so you don’t lose your mind or over commit.
Hyper children – do not feed them any sugar, make sure they have a well-balanced diet and are in bed as early as possible. That leaves more down time for you and provides an opportunity to get other things done.