Weight A Minute: Emotional Eating

Date: 10/4/17

Weight: Down 116 pounds

I’m an emotional eater. When I’m stressed, I want to eat to feel better. When I’m happy, I want to eat to celebrate. When I feel like I’m getting no progress on the scale I want to eat because “It doesn’t matter, eating healthy isn’t working anyway!” Emotional eating is a tough thing to work around when you want to lose weight and stick to healthy eating, and I know I’m not alone.

Even though I’ve lost 116 pounds so far, doesn’t mean I’ve mastered this and it’s not still a problem. It’ll be something I have to deal with for the rest of my life. I’ve just gotten a lot better at being self aware. I know my triggers, I know that eating that whole cake isn’t really going to make me feel better…except for maybe like 10 minutes. I think it’s just something you have to live through and fail a lot at to learn more about yourself.

My triggers have been going crazy for the past few weeks. Remodeling my kitchen has thrown my whole routine upside down, and it’s stressful. More stressful than I thought it would be. All day I dream of eating all the carbs. Especially when I get home and sit in my wreck of a house, I just want to eat to feel better about it. I gave in a little bit this weekend. Thinking it would make me feel better. It didn’t. I know better. But man, it’s so hard.

I’m trying to stick to my normal routine as much as possible, I’m still finding ways to meal prep even though I’m currently living out of my basement.

I’m still trying to go to the gym every day, even though I’m maneuvering around work and a million appointments. But I can feel my body just locked up. I just want to eat an entire pot of buttery mashed potatoes and take a nap. But I’ve learned that staying the course will pay off in the end. A month from now this storm will pass, and things will start moving again. It’s hard to stick through it now, but I’ll be proud of myself for doing the best I could.

Being an emotional eater & binge eater, here’s some of the tricks I’ve learned:

-If you gotta eat to feel better, do it with something healthy: eat a bunch of fruit and veggies until the cravings go away

-Brush your teeth, most times that will stop me

-Go for a walk, or go to the gym. Get my mind off of it

-Watch a health documentary, or a show like the Biggest Loser. That usually re-motivates me

-Look at old and current pics of myself, I’m strong, I can do this

-If I give in to emotional eating, know it’s going to be ok and move on. Tomorrow is a new day


Again, I’m not an expert. This is just from my own personal experience. My best advice is to pay attention to your triggers and habits, and to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and move forward when you feel like you’ve had a bad day.

If I can get through it, you can too!

Today will be a good day! 🙂