Emotional eating is a tough nut to crack
I’ve been underweight and I’ve been overweight; but at no weight have I been happy.
At my heaviest, I weighed 75 kilos.
At my lowest, 48 kilos.
And I can say with all honesty, both of them were torturous.
When I was heavier, food ruled my world. From the moment my eyes snapped open in the morning until I crawled into bed at night, I was obsessed with food.
All I thought about was what I wanted to eat and how quickly I could eat it.
Sadly, being thinner wasn’t much better. In fact, it was probably much, much worse. The panic I felt at the mere thought of being presented with a food that was not on my mental list of “allowed foods” for that day was palpable. Many a coffee date with friends was declined because I just KNEW that once those cream puffs hit the table, there was no going back.
Do you sometimes feel like your eating is out of control?
Does salty, sweet, crunchy anything call your name?
Then hold tight.
I’m about to give you three ways to ditch emotional eating…and some of them might surprise you.
Listen To Your Body
Although this might sound obvious, how many of us actually do it?
Our body will always, always, ALWAYS tell us what it want to eat and when to eat it. We just need to tune in and listen. How do you do that? By taking a moment to actually ask your body what I would like to eat.
I know, I know; you’re saying “but Kylie, that’s the whole problem… my body wants jelly donuts and ice cream!”
No. it doesn’t. That’s not your body talking, that’s your mind. Your body will never demand a food that isn’t good for it. Your body wants nourishment on every level, not a “wham, bam, thank you M’am” quick sugar fix.
Take notice of how certain foods feel in your body. Do they energise you, or do they make you feel sick, ashamed and guilty? If you find yourself skulking away from another binge session, then it’s a pretty good indication you were listening to the wrong voice in your head.
Be Open To New Possibilities
Just because your best friend dropped a fast 5 kilos on the latest fad diet doesn’t mean you should try it too. Firstly, a diet is simply a list of foods that helped one person lose weight. It worked for their body, their metabolism, their emotional and physical needs.
Unless you are a freakish carbon copy of them, it’s crazy to think that what worked for one will work for all. Be open to consider that your unique beauty requires a uniquely beautiful way of eating, which leads me onto point number 3…
Remember the Five P’s
I talk at length about the Five P’s in my book, Five Minute Fat Loss Secrets, but the “secret sauce” is that Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
I NEVER leave the house without throwing some food in my bag for the journey.
Doesn’t this perpetuate an obsession with food? No, not at all. If anything it can greatly reduce diet drama.
By keeping food on hand, ready to rock and roll, you immediately reduce the chances of making poor food choices when you’re out and about. Poor food choices arise when we’re starving hungry. The hungrier you allow yourself to get, the likelier you are to devour the first french fry that crosses your path.
What do I pack? Whatever my body is craving that day? Some of my faves are:
- Green Smoothies
- No Bake Protein Bars
- small containers of nuts, dried berries and dark chocolate
- fresh fruit
- Carrot and Walnut Paleo muffins
- Juice Pulp Banana Bread
By making sure you are always prepped, you can relax knowing that no matter what the day brings, you won’t be left starving hungry (binge scenario #1) or feeling deprived (binge scenario #2).
Overcoming emotional eating can be difficult at the best of times. It’s time to stop eating foods you don’t enjoy and start listening to the still, small whispers of your body.
If you’re looking for some extra support to help you breakup with emotional eating, then check out Ditch the Diet Online Bootcamp.
Ditch the Diet Online Bootcamp is the very BEST way to help you ditch the drama of emotional eating and set yourself free to create a body in which weight loss is a natural by-product of your ass-kicking, super healthy lifestyle.
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And if you have any questions or just want to say “hi”, just drop me a line in the comments below.
I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s to Ditching the Diet!
Hi Kylie,Most people think you must be sitrct when following a diet plan. However, it’s not always the case. I have a friend named Anna, she doesn’t diet at all but still keep a good shape. The biggest secret of diet is not diet at all but I know that can be very scary for some people which is why your advice is so important. I love everything you say. It’s always so spot on!
Thank you so much!!
It’s such a tough one which is why learning how to Ditch the Diet is so important. Restricting will always lead to eating an entire block of Cadbury’s with ice cream on top the minute you stop dieting… every.single.time. which is why support is so important as well.