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Comfort Eating

Don’t get caught out by a negative cycle of thinking. Recognise the warning signs of comfort, or emotional eating to maximise a healthy diet plan.
Feelings are powerful, there’s no doubt about it! What will make a huge difference to your diet plan is to recognise this power and face negative feelings head on. Awareness is a powerful position to be in!

TAKE STOCK

One of the first things that you can do is take a step back and think about your relationship with food. Starting a food diary is a very good way to record observations about what you have eaten. How did the food taste? Were you really hungry when you decided to eat or was it a sudden urge to satisfy a craving? Were you anxious, stressed, bored or low when you last ate? By noting down our feelings, we can begin to map out a pattern of our eating.

HUNGRY OR COMFORT EATING?

It can be quite hard to differentiate between emotional eating and real feelings of hunger so this check-list should help you begin to tell the difference:
· Do you feel out of control or powerless around food?
· Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed or anxious?
· Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you feel full?
· Do you eat to improve your mood (to calm yourself or distract when bored or restless)
· Do you reward yourself with food?
· Do you regularly eat until you’ve stuffed yourself?
· Does food make you feel safe? Do you feel like food is a friend?

4 EASY TIPS TO FOLLOW

Learning to recognise or even better, to anticipate your emotional eating triggers, is a big step to beat food cravings and overeating. Make efforts to change these bad habits and you can start to eradicate what might have sabotaged your passed weight loss efforts!
· Identify your triggers
· Find out ways to feed your feelings
· Pause when cravings hit
· Support yourself with healthy lifestyle habits
You’ll soon see a change!

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