Today I wanted to share with you three steps to help resolve your emotions that are underneath your emotional eating.
This is important as an emotional eater, because what’s really going on when you emotionally eat is that you are using food to distract you or to cope with those uncomfortable emotions. I totally get it. I was in the same boat for many years. I struggled with emotional eating. I didn’t even know there are emotions underneath my emotional eating. I found it hard to feel my emotions because I wasn’t taught to process and be with all of the discomfort that I was feeling.
I had no idea how to validate my experience. So when I work with clients, emotional wellness is one key area that we look at in my program. We cover other aspects that are important for emotional eaters like truly nourishing your body and body acceptance. But understanding your emotions and processing them is one key area as well. I’m going to share with you 3 steps to help you get to those emotions and to better process and move through them.
1.Notice Your Patterns
The first step to moving past your emotional eating is to start noticing when you emotionally eat. Think back to past triggers. What was happening? Were you in the same place? Was it at the same time? Did you have a certain conversation? Were you with your partner or your kids?
My clients usually experience this when they have free time, or a certain time of the day. Look back at the past month and see if you can remember all of your emotional eating events or this week moving forward, start documenting it so you can start seeing if there is a pattern for you.
2. Notice in the Moment and Pause
Once you become familiar with your pattern and when it happens, you will start noticing when it’s about to happen.
In that moment, focus on your emotional eating about to happen and pause. In that pause I would suggest is to start journaling how you’re feeling in that moment. Just start writing about the feelings in your body, the sensations. How are you feeling? Keep journaling until you feel that you have felt what is going on for you emotionally and then see how you feel after.
3. Go Deeper
This is a step that I do with clients because get to the root of what’s happening. If we’re able to get to the deeper root, which is what I do with clients through our somatic meditations, we get to the core of when this all started. We look at what was going on back then, we process and resolve that emotion and we find a better way of moving forward. We meet the needs that we needed back then. This tends to be sometime in our childhood.
Another great benefit of working with someone is that sometimes we just don’t feel safe feeling our emotions. We might feel they are too big or we’ll never get out of them. That’s where having someone help you process creates support and a safe container.
That’s what I do for clients so they can start modelling how to create that container for themselves. It opens up space for them to go deeper because they feel supported. This is a great way to get to the root of emotional eating, because sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us. We need guidance to go deeper and someone to get us to the root of it.
So those are the 3 steps to moving past your emotional eating. The first step was all about noticing and becoming aware of when you emotionally eat, what’s your pattern there? The second step was to catch yourself, pause and journal out how you feel. The third step is to get to the root of what’s going on, to work with someone to help you get to the root of why this emotional eating is happening. this is so you can meet your needs at the deepest level.
If you have any questions, please let me know below. And of course, if you’re looking for more support and guidance and a step by step way to move past your emotional eating, I invite you to book in a complimentary Emotional Eating Assessment Call for The Emotional Eating Evolution Program.
This program is a four phase program. It’s step by step and it moves you through the key phases to help you move past your emotional eating, which are true nourishment, body acceptance, emotional wellness and lifestyle. So where you want to be versus where you are right now, the program fills in the gap to get you to where you want to be, which is feeling at ease and confident in your body and around food. So if this sounds like something that resonates with you, I invite you to book in that call.
To getting to the root,
Certified Holistic Nutritionist + Emotional Eating Expert