We've all been there: a stressful day at work, a fight with a partner, or feeling particularly overwhelmed with your kids sends you straight to the cookie jar or reaching for that bag of potato chips. Whether it's to cope with stress, deal with sadness, or celebrate something happy, online health coach Sarah Duff shared some key tips for tackling emotional eating.
"Basically for a lot of people whatever is happening in life the solution very often leads back to food," Sarah wrote in her caption. "The problem with having strong links between emotions and food is it becomes a bit of a crutch, which is hugely problematic if you are trying to lose weight or just develop healthier eating habits."
To get your emotional eating under control, she shared these four strategies:
- Journaling your emotions. Document what you're feeling, what caused it, and how you will feel in an hour after your binge.
- Choose one to three interference foods you can eat before indulging in anything more caloric.
- Exercise or call a friend.
- Do some guided meditation.
"If emotional eating is something you struggle with it's totally OK to admit it because I'm telling you right now you are definitely not alone," Sarah wrote. Once you can identify your emotions and pinpoint why you're feeling a certain way, you can implement these strategies to prevent emotional eating and stay on track with your healthy eating goals.