Acupuncture it’s incredible! AND, it offers an emotional release point to help diffuse stagnant emotions one may be carrying. I have tried this myself, it’s powerful and effective. Other benefits are more effective body function.
Exercise – is by far the best replacement behavior. It burns calories, diminishes hunger, releases endorphins and energizes the spirit – it contributes to overall health and well being while toning the body. Depending on your starting point you can begin with small changes in activity. Take the stairs a few times a day at the office. Park 10 minutes from your destination. Use commercials during your favorite TV show to stretch or do a few jumping jacks. It’s that simple!
Become aware – Become conscious, aware of what you’re choosing and why. Stop justifying. Remember, thought has energy and energy gets stuck in the body. It is your thoughts about events that originally created the emotional eating pattern it’s your thoughts that have the power to change the situation. Tune into the emotions you have when overeating and shortly thereafter. Is there something you’re in denial about?… Not wanting to acknowledge, pretending something didn’t happen?…Given up on something?…..Perhaps your punishing yourself – whatever it may be, in order to heal it you will need to feel it.
STOP Abusing your Body -The body is a chemical factory and our bio chemistry impact, trigger and create emotional states. For example sugar and caffeine both can stimulate stress hormones in the body contributing to mood fluctuation potentially driving you to binge more. When you mess with your body like this your thinking suffers too. This can be a vicious cycle.
Dominant Emotions - As you frequent an emotion you are training your body; the body begins to expect emotions it regularly visits and can even generate them. The more you beat yourself up emotionally, the more you will likely do so in the future – interrupt the limiting actions immediately! And congratulate yourself when you do.
Express Yourself – Do not repress feelings. Learn to communicate respectfully and honestly before you find yourself ruminating on a situation with a bag of chips in your hand with a tub of Hagen Daaz awaiting you.
Get Out Of Victimville!
We’ve all had a chance to visit Victimville at one time or another. It’s no fun at all. Victimville is where you may visit when you become prey to a life choice, a person, or, if you break it down, your own thinking. If you are an emotional eater you have allowed yourself to become victim to something, figure out what that is and no longer indulge the urge when your victim thinking arises.
Create Neuro Associations - Begin to associate food with growing pant size not the sensory experience. You can associate self control with saying no to this habit.
Visit the Cost – Tune into what emotional eating is costing you in your life. Really allow yourself to feel the impact on yourself and others. What is your impact?….self esteem, intimacy, health issues, worrying the people around you still worth it to indulge in Ben and Jerry’s?… I think not…
Create a MANTRA Here’s mine. Nothing tastes as good as lean feels. Moderation. Feeling wonderful in your own skin is marvelous and something everyone can experience – find a slogan or Mantra that reminds you of your commitment to emotional and physical well being.
Courses -Take a three day rah-rah course and really address the feelings, the blocks and obstacle in your life – in your thinking, that have you resort to emotional eating.
Train your Brain - Just like the process of training yourself to reach for food in a state of emotional reaction (though it was likely unconscious) you can now program the success trait to regularly exercise. Give up how you feel about it and just do it! Get to the gym, go for a walk, 20 minutes is all you need to reap the many benefits.
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