From the time I was young, I struggled with learning to conquer emotional eating. Now that I am in my thirties (yikes!) I'm just starting to understand the triggers that prompt the late-night snack attacks, the urge to reach for a bag of chips when I'm stressed or the feeling of being way too full after a huge meal with my family. If this sounds a little too familiar, then you may want to stick around and bookmark this post. I'm going to walk you through some great resources to conquer emotional eating.
Top Resources To Conquer Emotional Eating
It starts when we're young, the association between food and comfort. In my experiences growing up, food was a way of connecting with the people in our life that we cared about. When life threw tragedies at our family, trays of sandwiches, crock pots of soup and pans of casserole dishes were promptly delivered. In celebration and happy times, our family gathered around a dining room table to indulge in over the top meals, and when your plate was empty, second and third helpings were automatically placed there. From the time I was little, it was always encouraged to eat everything placed in front of me because we didn't want to “waste food.” Sound familiar?
If you want to look at the science side of eating, foods that are high in sugar, carbs or protein increase the levels of dopamine in our brains. Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter that gives the sensation of pleasure. When you're searching for the science behind emotional eating, one form of therapy is most commonly used: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, also known as DBT. DBT is commonly used to help those with certain mental health diagnosis, and it's meant as a way to rewire the way you react to certain stimulus. In a way, I can completely see how changing how you react to certain foods or swapping reaching for a soda as a reward for flavored water can be a great way to get healthier.
Here are some tools for Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
Using An Online Support Group
Social media is a great tool to keep us connected, especially with today's world being what it is. Make sure you are a part of our Sassy Cooking community so we can support you! If you like being in more than one group or if you would rather not see a focus on Weight Watchers, a simple search on Facebook will show you that there are a ton of community groups filled with people who are going through similar struggles. Find a community you feel comfortable with and join in on the conversations!
Using Healthy Cooking
Instead of holding on to the unhealthy foods that you associate with your emotional eating, find something new! I have a bunch of delicious recipes to try, but you can also try Smiley's Points, FoodNService or Emily Bites!
- Yummy Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast: Easy Dinner!
- 3 Reasons Kale Chips Make The Best Snacks
- Orange Pomegranate Salad with Citrus Champagne Vinaigrette
- Dynamite Sides: Spicy Mango Salsa Recipe
- Best Recipe For Black Bean Tacos for Weight Watchers
- Low Fat Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions
- Savory Peach Compote
- The Best Grilled Chipotle Lime Shrimp Recipe Around
- The Best Peanut Butter Cookies for Weight Watchers
What are the Best Tools to Conquer Emotional Eating?
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