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One Simple Step to Combat Emotional Eating.

Obesity and weight loss are issues which need to be tackled with sensitivity. Behind many weight management problems there lies an emotional attachment to food.

Eating is so intrinsically embedded in nearly every social aspect of our lives - from celebrating Christmas and other holidays and even birthdays. Just about any get-together whether it be with family, friends or work colleagues involves food. Often the hardest part is steering clear of a high carb meal - and learning to choose the best and healthiest option.

But how do we do it? How can we continually convince ourselves to choose the steamed fish with Asian greens when everyone else is going for creamy pasta with garlic bread on the side?

Emotional eating is a huge part of our lives - who doesn’t sometimes eat for reasons other than hunger? We often eat because we are bored, stressed, tired, or we want to reward or comfort ourselves, or simply because we just love to eat!

Wouldn’t it be great if the main reason we ate was because we wanted a nutritious, healthy, low carbohydrate meal or snack?

But if stopping this emotional eating was as simple as telling ourselves just to eat less (and it is never really that easy…), we wouldn’t be understanding or learning from the experience that has made us eat so much in the first place.

One of the best ways to tackle emotional eating is to stop using judgmental and moralistic words when referring to food. We need to stop the use of terms like “I’ve been naughty, I’ve eaten too much today”, or “I’ve been so good, I can have that slice of pizza”. The emotional power of food is taken away once we stop dividing food into the “good/angelic” or “bad/evil/naughty” categories.

Instead of using the terms “good” and “bad”, use “everyday” and “sometimes”.

By taking away the association that food equals guilt or virtue, we immediately limit the power that food can have over us. Eating pizza won’t make you a bad person; you just wouldn’t want it to be part of your “everyday” diet. Eating more “everyday” foods and less of the “sometimes” foods is so much easier when we take away its emotional attachment.

So try it – you’ll be amazed at the difference this tiny little change can make! More “everyday” choices, less of the “sometimes” foods!