8 Tips to Stop being an Emotional Eater

Each of us has a different relationship with food and also at different times in our lives.  Maybe you find yourself comfort eating. Comfort eating when you are alone and sad or feeling meh!

So here are my 8 top tips to help you when food is your friend, and it’s not a good relationship.  In fact, it can be toxic and harm you on so many levels.

Failure to plan, is planning to fail.

1. Plan ahead.

 

Woman with food shopping list in the shop

 

When you need to go and do a food shop, make a list of what you need and stick to it.  You do not need to visit the sweet and savoury isle, as you know this can be your downfall.

Stick to your healthy food and drink choices and the less processed food the better.

Batch cooking soups and meals ahead of time with healthier foods is a great idea to have you prepared.

 

2. De-clutter.

 

Clear your space of clutter in kitchen presses and fidge freezer

 

Do you know what is in your fridge, freezer, and kitchen presses?

When is the last time you went through everything to see if it is in date?

This is such a great way to start the process of clearing out, not only what is in your fridge/freezer and presses but also what is on your mind.  When you go through everything in your kitchen, you can discard what is not in date (sensibly in the brown bin and cleaning the packaging to recycle or bin it), donate to a food bank or neighbour that which you now know is not good for you (but in date).

When those foods and drinks are not in your kitchen/larder your mind will know they are not there and this will immediately lessen the temptation to get up and drive or walk to get them.  You are consciously breaking the cycle of the availability of these foods and drinks.

3. Sit Down and Slow Down.

 

Dinner Plate Knife and Fork

 

Life can be so very busy.  We can forget about ourselves rushing about after everyone else and trying to multitask.  Everything is convenient now.  We have 24-hour access to food. In thousands of years gone by we were hunter, gatherers.  Unlike today food was scarce.  We had to actively go out and hunt or gather our food.  In the summer, things were easier and the food was more bountiful.  We had to stock up on our food when it was plentiful. We needed to fuel our body for the lean colder winter months and build up layers of fat.  The purpose of this layer of fat was to see us through the harsh months when food was more scarce and harder to find. Now we can just dial up or order food over the internet.  We don’t even have to leave our homes for the shopping or takeaways to be delivered.  Everything is at the touch of our fingertips.

My top tip here is when you have prepared a meal set the table for yourself, for your family.  Make yourself your very own V.I.P.

  • Set the table.
  • Put all devices out of the room, and turn off the tv. It is ok to have some nice music playing in the background.
  • Sit down and savour the flavour of each and every bite of food.
  • Chew your food slowly and consciously, putting your knife, fork, or spoon down between each mouthful.

You will soon begin to realise that it is your mouth’s job to break down, mash, and liquidise the food in your mouth as you know there are no teeth in your stomach. You will notice you become fuller sooner.

4. Leave some food on your plate.

 

Scraping leftover plate into food bin

 

It is OK to leave some food on your plate.  When you leave some food on your plate you are signaling to your mind that is ok, I have had enough food for now.  You never ever need to eat everything on your plate ever again.  This is a way of naturally beginning to reduce your portion sizes and your mind will catch up and say Yes, I’ve had enough”.

To begin with, you could ask yourself, “Do I want that waste on my hips, my thighs, my back, my neck OR Do I want that waste in the BIN?”

Every time you do this will you feel proud of yourself and rewrite the old story.

You are starting to respect yourself and your body.  The respect that You Deserve.

5. Hunger Pains.

 

Hunger Pains

 

As children, we are conditioned to eat everything on our plates.  Hunger pains were a negative thing.  his came from a famine attitude when there was a scarcity of food and people were dying all around us.  But we now know that there is always enough food around us.  Our body is always giving us signals.  We just have to listen.

So, I am asking you, when is the last time that you felt signals of hunger?

Have you heard your stomach rumble and growl or do you constantly feed it and haven’t heard that growl or felt that sensation in a very long time?

Try it out.  Listen to the queues from your body.  When your stomach growls/rumbles this is a sign that you are hungry and that your body is switching its fuel source to the fuel that is stored in your body in the form of fat.  Now that can bring a smile to your face, knowing you are burning that excess fat.

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Word binus in a pink heart balloon

Another bonus tip is to actually only eat when you are truly hungry.

 

6. Drink Water.

 

Pouring a glass of water

 

As adults, our bodies are made up of around 55% of water for women and 60% for men.  Water is vital for our survival.  But sometimes we can get confused in our heads as to what our bodies need.  Sometimes we mix up when we are hungry or thirsty.  Instead of automatically reaching for food, drink water instead.

Drinking water

  • Keeps your mind sharp.
  • Keeps your skin clear.
  • Energises every single cell in your body with water, helping joints and regulating your body temperature.
  • Helps your kidneys flush toxins from your body.
  • Can prevent constipation allowing waste to exit your body, enabling good bowel function.
  • Can help calorie control and aids in digestion.  Keeping you fuller for longer.
  • Can help improve your mood.

7. Change the Record.

 

No food or drink is off-limits with hypnotherapy.  Simply Slim is not a diet.  It is a positive mindset change, where you naturally gravitate towards making healthier food and drink choices.  You will be more likely to exercise and cut down your portion sizes without even realizing it.

When you are in a nice relaxed state or trance sitting in the comfort of your own home I talk to your subconscious mind.  Allowing your imagination to be promoted by what I am guiding your mind to imagine or pretend.  You see your mind does not know the difference between what is real or imagined.  That is why hypnotherapy works so wonderfully.

For example,

Imagine looking into a mirror at your future self who is the exact size, weight, and shape that is perfect for you.  Imagine how you look and feel.  The cut, colour, and shape of your clothes.  Listen to the compliments people are paying you and how incredibly good that makes you feel. Notice how good that makes you feel.

 

Larger lady seeing herslef slimmer in a mirror

 

Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, it Can Achieve. – Napoleon Hill

8. Break up.

 

Break up with Emotioanl eating

 

Break up those old habits, associations, and binge-eating with food and drink.  You can consciously decide to break the toxic cycle of guilt and shame around what you consume.

Like the old saying goes,

Once on the lips, forever on the hips.

Food only ever gives us temporary comfort.  It doesn’t last long.  Not even when we are eating something like a tub of  ice-cream (and I’m not talking small here) or slabs of chocolate or think creamy custard that you can cut through with a knife (this was one of my go-to’s).

Think about it,  does it really make you feel better?

You can consume most of it out of habit. Most often absolutely sicked that you are doing it when you are doing it and then can push through the physical sickness of overeating, whilst feeling like a slob and piggish.  All whilst perpetuating this toxic cycle.

I used to justify it in my own mind, “You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb”.  Where did that get me? Into larger and larger sizes, feeling uncomfortable in my own skin and clothes and deeply unhappy with myself. There were times I hated the thought of being invited out.  I would turn into a demon, fighting with my own inner demons of the fabulous me on the inside not matching the physical larger me on the outside. Instead of being grateful for being invited out and that thankfully I’m not Billie No Mates!

If this resonates with anyone, please let me know. Because I’m sure I’m not the only one!

My advice is to start accepting where you are right now, start loving yourself and tell yourself you’re doing great. That you and your body have been through some things that were hard to handle and that’s OK.

Signpost saying goodbye

Now is the time to say Sláinte/Goodbye/So Long/Soyanara/See Ya Now/Good Luck to the old you and change the way you’ve done things.

Because that food and drink isn’t LOVE, it is not Comfort, It is NOT going to fix anything. In fact, it can pile on the weight over time and make you feel a lot worse, and when very large damage your health.

When you start LOVING you for who you are right now, the magic of change will happen and you will reach your ideal weight, size, and shape.  And you will inspire others around you.

You have exciting times ahead of you, start loving who you are and living now my friend.  We have only one shot at this life.  It ios not a dress rehearsal.  Live, Love, and BE HAPPY with yourself right now.

 

Should any of the above resonates with you, you can contact me, Andrea or Florence to see if hypnotherapy is for you.  To change the record and rewrite your story.

Andrea Dalton is a Hypnotherapist & Havening Techniques Practitioner. She is qualified in many other modalities which help bring about a positive change in mindset for a person regarding their mental, physical and emotional health.

Ready to let go of your excess weight? Next online class 27th September 2022 at 8pm.

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