Do you turn to food no matter what trouble you're up against?
Have you ever tried using a healthy substitute for emotional eating?
You've probably heard this suggested before, and for good reason. If you are a woman who uses food to help you deal with emotional distress then finding a good alternative to emotional eating just might do the trick.
Substituting another activity for emotional eating may very well preclude your problem eating. This is so because often it's not the actual food that people want. It's relief from distress which they accomplish by eating.
Does that sound like you? If so, you are in good company. many women use food for just this purpose. So, how do you re-focus your attention and gear your actions to something other than emotional eating?
Consider something you could do instead that would be healthy, something you would enjoy, and something that doesn't fit in with eating. For example, you could do something with your hands - sewing, or painting, or potting, or playing an instrument. Or, you could do something physical that involves your whole body, something which would be incompatible with eating - going for a walk, a bike ride, spinning on a stationary bike, playing tennis. Or, you could write in your journal, call a friend to discuss your desire for losing weight, practice a relaxation technique.
All of these examples do not go along with eating. They are things that take you away from emotional eating. The more you do these things as substitutes for eating at difficult times, the better able you will be to disconnect from your habit of eating to assuage your emotional distress.