Very often when we’re prone to eat when we’re not hungry, we are doing this in response to some emotion that we’d like to distract ourselves from feeling. This can happen consciously or unconsciously. I created this Emotional Triggers list so that you could become more aware of what happens when you feel any of these emotions. Go through the list and ask yourself if experiencing any of these emotions affects what you eat or the way you eat.
Do you eat faster or slower? More or less? Do you eat in public or in secret? Do you feel in control of your eating or out of control?
What happens to your eating when you experience the following emotions?
Stressed / Overwhelmed
Deserving of a Reward
Tense, Anxious, Worried
Avoiding / Procrastinating
Trying to be or Needing to be Perfect
Negative Self Talk
Dieting or in the Diet Mentality
Angry, Frustrated or Upset with Someone
Go through this whole list and carefully consider each one. Most people come up with at least 3 or 4 that trigger them to overeat. Once you have this information you can begin to really develop your awareness when you’re experiencing each emotion. You can say to yourself “I’m feeling _______, which is one of my triggers to overeating. I’d better be careful. What else can I do when I’m feeling these tough feelings?”
If you find you would benefit from more support around your emotional eating, give me a call! I would love to help you discover new ways to manage your emotional triggers and put an end to your emotional eating!