Classic Emotional Eating goes something like this…
Congratulations! You’ve just taken the first step towards conquering emotional eating! Awareness.
If you haven’t been able to identify any specific thoughts connecting you’re A’s and Cs, no worries! Use the next few days or week to turn your attention to your thoughts while you eat. Tracking these thoughts on paper can be very enlightening. When you are ready to move on, come back and pick up where you left off.
For those of you who have an idea of what thoughts link your As and Cs, let’s move to the next step on your journey to overcoming EE, Checking In. In this step, you will turn your awareness to your normal meal times and ask yourself some questions. After a bit of practice during your normal meals, you can try to ask yourself these same questions either before, during, or after EE. The goal is to gain awareness and insight on how to get your real needs met in lieu of self soothing through food.
Routinely Checking In with yourself before, during, or after EE will expedite your journey to a healthy food relationship on so many levels!
Checking In will help you improve awareness by allowing you to:
1. Identify how you are feeling emotionally and physically
2. Recognize the choices you do have in those moments
3. Get curious about what is really going on as well as what “food” your body and spirit truly needs at that time
Checking In Questions:
How am I feeling in my body?
Can I name the emotion (s) that are coming up for me?
What is it that I truly need in this moment?
Is this thought/belief true and helpful?
What else can I tell myself that will have a different outcome?
What can I do right now that will be more in line with my health goals and values?
Good luck practicing Checking In this week. See you next week!