Hello friend! Thanks for stopping by!
So without further ado, I’ll continue on.. 🙂
So you know how I told you that I’m a highly emotional person as well as an emotional eater?
Well, you may be able to see the point I’m trying to get across then:
These are 2 ingredients in a recipe for disaster!
Not to mention their potential to cause some major problems for me in my daily life. (Especially if I’m caught unaware of the behavior to begin with.)
So basically, any time that I feel an emotion whether:
- Happy. 🙂
- Sad. 🙁
- EXCITED! 😀
- Frustrated :-/
- BORED 😛
It’s not always unhealthy foods either, it’s just too much food.
So that’s THE BIG SECRET. My personal truth.
But I won’t hide it. I struggle too. And we’re all in this struggle together, you know.
It makes me feel better to think of it that way at least.
And I’ll tell you another thing – Sometimes I just own it. Like, I’ll be eating because I’m really nervous about something, and I’ll notice that I’m eating emotionally..
And then I keep doing it anyway.
But then I eventually stop. And my stomach will hurt.
That generally keeps me from doing it again for a long time.
Until the next time.
But I keep getting better.
In fact, I’ve learned a few tricks, rules, laws, principles, (whatever you want to call them) of eating that I’d love to share with you today.
These tiny adjustments in the way that I eat and think about food help me not only to notice when I start eating emotionally, but also to stop immediately (when I want to, of course.) 😉
But that’s okay.
It’s a process.
And there’s no use beating myself up over it either.
So here they are:
BRITTANY’S 10 RULES FOR EATING:
#1. Eat when hungry.
#2. Stop eating when satisfied. (Not bloated, but not hungry anymore either.)
#3. Before I take a bite of food, I ask myself: “Am I eating because I feel a hunger pain in my body?” If the answer is no, I PUT THE FOOD DOWN IMMEDIATELY AND BACK UP REAL SLOWLY.
#4. Use smaller serving dishes for meals.
#5. ALWAYS put food on a serving dish. Then only eat the serving I put on the plate.
#6. Never “snack” out of the pots and pans on the stove. (Overeating is inevitable at that point.)
#7. DON’T buy snack foods I don’t want to snack on when I’m at home, alone, weak & emotional.
#8. When I bake cookies, place the “extras” OUT OF SIGHT. I will eat them all if I see them. (I’ve got some severe sweet tooth problems, my friends!)
#9. When I notice I’m eating emotionally, drink water and go outside. Breathe fresh air, and think of all the things I’m grateful for.
#10. NEVER BEAT YOURSELF UP! It only makes things worse. I accept that I didn’t do my best, and I make a vow to do better next time.
So those are some little pieces of advice that help me to keep moving forward towards my goal of living a more health-filled life.
Some other nice things to think about..
ALWAYS REMEMBER: You are NOT alone.
Any problem, sad emotion, or upset feeling you ever get? Someone has been there before. Or is there now.
You will be okay.
Nothing lasts forever, including painful experiences.
Allow yourself to FEEL.
(Just don’t go and eat your whole kitchen because of your feelings. Not worth it.)
And remember that I love you. <3
Now go take some much needed time to yourself 🙂
Think about every thing you have to be grateful for.
Give to others.
Remember that you are absolutely and 100% beautiful.
With the most love and gratitude a heart can hold,
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment or ask questions below. Reach out if you need help! Let me know what comes up for you while reading this. I’d love to hear from you 🙂
“Now go feel alive! And don’t forget to LIVE WITH PASSION!”