Do you ever find yourself feeling emotional and reaching for food. I know I did on a daily basis, various times! My emotions were anything from feeling upset, angry, vulnerable to excited, happy or even a bit bored. Before I realised it I’d opened the fridge and was licking my fingers after apparently eating something, yet I wasn’t even sure what it tasted like?!
We often use food to bury, distract or cover up our emotions, in the short term it works a charm, however in the long term we’re left with major food guilt, a feeling of unease and goodness knows how many things to work out that we’ve buried deep inside us under chocolate, biscuits, yoghurts, crisps and maybe even a round of toast.
There’s a simple tool we can use when we notice we’re heading towards the fridge, the STOP tool.
- S is for Stop, to pause for a moment.
- T is for Take a few breaths.
- O is for Observe thoughts and emotional response.
- P is for Proceed in a different direction.
When it comes to emotional eating, in pausing for a moment and considering what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, we’re less likely to continue on the same course. I'd love to know