Have you ever reached for food for reasons other than hunger and nutriment? Have you ever opened the refrigerator door looking for a snack out of boredom? Do you celebrate by going out to dinner? Do you reach for food when you are stressed or anxious? Do you ever crave” comfort food?”
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then you are an emotional eater.
Think about this: When you were a baby and started crying your mother gave you a bottle. When you were a child and fell down, perhaps your mother gave you a cookie to ease the pain. When you finished the school year , your teacher threw a class party with all kinds of tasty treats. When your team won their ball game the coach took the team out for pizza. When you were promoted at work you were taken out for lunch. After a bad date you grabbed the container of Haagen Daz.
As you can see, we are programmed from very early on to use food as reward and a pacifier to ease pain. This programming is rooted deep in our subconscious minds.
Can you reprogram your subconscious mind to remove negative habits?
The answer is “yes!”
The first thing to do is to identify the emotion. We can then work on replacing the negative response, eating, with a positive one. For example, if you typically reach for food as a reward, you new response might be to buy yourself a little gift. Another example, if you are a stress eater, meaning you reach for food when you are anxious or under pressure, you might benefit by learning to meditate.
Do you overeat when dining out with friends? Your new response might be to order something healthful on the menu and drink plenty of water throughout the dining out experience. Pay attention more to the conversation. Enjoy and be grateful for the time you spend with your friends.
If you are a late night snacker perhaps you need to get to bed earlier???!!