I was feeling down due to a specific issue and ate my way through a large bag of corn twists. Also had a Camino espresso bean chocolate bar. Even though I always keep a stocked fridge and pantry (eg. a variety of vegetables, some fruit, dried dates and natural almonds), I turned to the dark side… rather than going through my usual steps.
Identify the emotion: fear, loss, stress, anger, hurt feelings, loneliness, ect.
Then do any of these:
- Go for a long walk outside
- Yoga or meditation
- Take a warm bath
- Have a cup of tea
- Re-read a chapter of a favourite book
- Listen to some music
- Call a friend
Alter the situation, accept it or adapt! Do not procrastinate, deal with it as soon as you can.
In my case, changing old habits and turning to a new way of dealing with problems is not like throwing a switch. I really wish it was. It would make life so much simpler. But life is not always easy or fair. I’m thankful that this emotional eating is not a regular occurrence anymore and over time, it’s happening less and less.