Have you been soothing yourself with salty chips and other comfort foods?
During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have suffered from stress and emotional exhaustion and have been engaging in comfort eating.
Chronic pandemic can disrupt and destroy any healthy diet so it’s no surprise that many women have turned to food for comfort.
And while some people have always relied on food to boost their mood and energy, the comfort eating is getting out of hand during the pandemic.
If you’ve gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, you are not alone.
The weight gain more then 50% of people have experienced since stay-at-home guidelines went into effect—is likely due to a disruption in daily routine, habits and stress and anxiety.
Emotional eating does not make you a loser (but it will keep you from losing weight.)
Food Can Be A Real Crutch Because It Soothes Emotions.
If you self-soothe with food as a coping mechanism and your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re stressed, overwhelmed, lonely or exhausted, you may be stuck in an unhealthy cycle that you are not even aware of.
Food Related Decisions
Research shows that there are 220 food related decisions that we make every single day of those we know that less than 20 are made quite consciously.
We make most of them out of habit and a lot of them are driven by our emotional state. Further, experts estimate that 80% of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger.
It is not just the taste that makes women reach for the cake or doughnuts.
One of the major challenges that a lot of emotional eaters’ face is that they have been conditioned to eat to soothe their emotions.
– As small children, well-meaning adults may give us ‘treats’ to soothe us when we fall over or quieten us down when we’re upset.
– From an early age, we are conditioned to turn to food for a quick-fix of emotional comfort and this pattern can continue into adulthood.
The 1st Key Step to Stop Comfort Eating for GOOD is learning WHAT to eat and WHEN.
This is a two-step process and it’s all about Good Nutrition and Mindful Eating
Learning to eat intuitively to suit your unique body type is the ultimate goal.
- Most people must first deal with imbalanced hormones, which drive cravings for sugar, fat, salt, starch and comfort food.
- In some people, hunger signals are also imbalanced (always hungry, or never hungry) and this needs to be addressed, too.
Good nutrition builds a ‘cleaner’ body, and that sets you up to tune into the healthy signals your body is giving you.
So instead of asking, “What should I be eating?” or “should I go on this new diet?” – you will know exactly how to fuel your body for steady energy, a healthy weight, a clear head and mental focus.
Part #A – Good Nutrition
Good Nutrition starts with Resetting Your Metabolism with Real Food.
– Most people who are overweight and overeat struggle with cravings, hunger, urges and feelings of being restricted.
These are all signs that your metabolism and hunger hormones are imbalanced and needs to be addressed first.
-The first part of good nutrition is giving your body a break from all the processed food and to bring your body back to its natural balance.
Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients, has been associated with feelings of wellbeing and improvement in your mental wellbeing.
- Consume the following foods on a daily basis:
- Moderate amounts of fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables (especially greens)
- Healthy fats (such as olive oil)
- Whole grains
- Lean proteins
- Nuts (in moderation)
Stay hydrated (sometimes hunger signals are mistaken for thirst) and try to include fresh veggies in every meal and snack.
Stop eating these low nutrient and modified foods:
- Fast food (Starchy white flour and processed foods)
- Dairy (e.g. Cheese)
- Margarine (processed)
- Preserved food
- Sweetened, empty-calorie foods
Emotional eaters are unable to differentiate hunger from the physiological state accompanying negative emotions.
As a result, they respond by eating when experiencing negative emotions, whereas normally this would result in loss of appetite since emotions induce physiological changes similar to that of satiety.
It’s therefore important to understand the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger.
This can be trickier than it sounds, especially if you regularly use food to feed your feelings.
Here are some key points to look for to help you tell physical and emotional hunger apart.
- Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.
- It hits you in an instant and feels overwhelming and urgent.
- Physical hunger, on the other hand, comes on more gradually.
- Emotional hunger drives cravings for specific comfort foods.
- When you’re physically hungry, almost anything sounds good—including healthy stuff like vegetables.
- Emotional hunger often leads to mindless eating.
When you eat to satisfy physical hunger, you’re unlikely to feel guilty or ashamed because you’re simply giving your body what it needs.
If you feel guilty after you eat, it’s likely because you know deep down that you’re not eating for nutritional reasons.
There Are Three Key Steps You need to take To Stop Comfort Eating For GOOD!!
Todays I have shared The First Key Step with you – “learning WHAT to eat and WHEN”
- Do you want to know the other TWO KEY STEPS to feel in complete control around food?
If so, I’m here to help you stop comfort eating for GOOD and get rid of the lockdown ‘baggage’ so you achieve the body composition and energy you deserve for GOOD!
A healthier, happier life is much easier than you think.
I’m running a [FREE] 60-minute masterclass on the 25th August 2021.
I’ll show you a different approach – one that actually works:
- 3 Proven Steps for Permanent Change
- The SINGLE most important SHIFT you must make to feel in complete control around food
- How to throw away your diet books forever
In this masterclass, I’ll reveal the secrets that have worked for my clients, with a 99% success rate.
You’ll walk away from this training with a practical game plan and a blueprint of effective action steps that get real results.
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