Last time, we took a closer look at how emotional eating can rope you into an unhealthy cycle. If you missed it, you can find it here. Today, we are going to wrap up this two-part series with three tips on how to escape the cycle of emotional eating and become more mindful about your health and your eating habits.
Become a Mindful Eater
Fortunately, there is good news. You don’t have to lose yourself in the vicious cycle that is emotional eating. You can control your weight and take back your health by becoming a mindful eater. It takes practice, and you won’t get it right the first time. But in the end, your body and your mind will thank you.
Tips for Becoming a Mindful Eater
Assess Your Cravings
Take a minute and pause whenever a craving hits. Notice how your body is feeling and try to listen to what it is actually telling you. Is your stomach growling? Do you feel like your blood sugar is low? Or are you upset, bored, or anxious? Your body will sometimes use cravings to tell you what kind of nutrients it needs at that particular moment. But if you aren’t sure whether or not you craving stems from hunger or from emotion, take five minutes and focus on something else. If the craving goes away, then it was likely emotionally based. If you are still hungry, help yourself to a healthful snack or meal.
Become More Aware
Emotional eating can sometimes be a very mindless task. We might not even know we are doing it! Pay close attention to your eating habits and pinpoint the times when you are most likely to indulge in an emotional treat. If you are more mindful of the “danger zones” so to speak, you can plan around them. You will also be able to cultivate new habits that help you relieve stress or anxiety in a healthy way.
Eat Until No Longer Hungry
One of the misconceptions about how much food to eat is that we should keep going until we are full. “Full” can be a misleading term, and often times when we do eat until we feel full, it is too late for us to realize that we have actually overeaten. Mindful eaters tend to eat until they are satisfied and no longer hungry. As the food digests in the stomach, it needs room for water to be absorbed and for gasses produced from the breakdown of the food. The more full your stomach is, the more it has to stretch to accommodate the digestive process. The more it stretches, the more you will have to eat to feel full. It’s just another vicious cycle.
At the Body and Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, we want to help you feel and look your best. That is why we are proud to offer the KE Medical Weight Loss Diet Plan. While we know that healthy living is more than a 10-dayprogram, we believe that the KE Diet can help you jumpstart your health and get you back on track towards becoming a healthier you. For more information, contact us today.