Do you spend all day eating well but comfort eat when you get home? Do you eat healthily during the week but overeat on the weekend?
You can’t just adopt more willpower to stop emotional or binge eating. Here are some of my favourite tips to stop emotional and binge eating.
1. Give yourself permission to eat the foods you want to eat.
When you don’t give yourself permission to eat certain foods, you’ll feel the need to eat that food in private, in excess and as quickly as possible in case you never get to eat it again.
When your body trusts that you aren’t being deprived, you will stop emotional eating and no longer feel the need to binge on this food.
2. Stop judging food.
Avoid referring to food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
When you ‘try to be good’ and avoid fattening or ‘bad’ foods, you’re only setting yourself up for more emotional and binge eating.
Feeling guilty or getting angry with yourself for overeating will only cause you to binge more – not less.
You can’t shame yourself into bingeing less.
3. Eat treats in front of other people.
Avoiding ‘bad’ foods in front of other people will only cause you to binge on them later in private.
To stop emotional eating, give yourself permission to eat your trigger foods in public.
That means order the peanut butter on toast at a café, say yes to the dessert when offered and grab an ice cream with a pal.
4. Do not eat in front of the TV.
When you eat in front of the TV, you condition your body to get hungry and feel like eating when you turn on the television.
Never eat in front of the TV or any screen, and eat. Give yourself permission to eat – and watch TV, but not at the same time.
5. Stop striving for weight loss.
Ironically, aiming to lose weight will prevent you from reaching your goals.
Shift your focus from trying to lose weight to building a healthy relationship with food.
Because when you have a healthy relationship with food – you’ll stop emotional and binge eating and your body will naturally find it’s healthiest weight.
6. See each binge as an opportunity to learn.
A binge is not a failure – it’s simply your body’s way of trying to get your attention and tell you something.
Feeling guilty, angry and promising to ‘get healthy tomorrow’ will make you restrict again, causing another binge.
Stop fighting against your body and learn to listen to what it’s trying to say. This is the only way to stop emotional and binge eating.
7. Get extra support to stop emotional eating
It’s tough to stop emotional and binge eating without support.
You don’t need to ‘just try harder’ – you need to try something different.
If you want a personalised diet plan, please contact Susan for further information.