Emotional eating

Tips and tricks to help you change your habits

Managing your emotions is not something you can learn overnight, of course, it’s a process that requires some time before it becomes natural. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do daily to help you:

  • Don’t eat alone: according to Best Health Magazine, Canadian researchers conducted a study in which they asked some people to eat alone and some people to eat with another person. The results speak for themselves: even though they had the same amount of food on their plates, the people who ate alone consumed 30% more food during their next meal than the ones who had company.
  • Don’t eat whenever you feel like it: if you don’t feel the physical symptoms of hunger, don’t eat. You could chew gum to distract you or engage in an activity that relaxes you.
  • Eat at the table: If you tend to eat sitting comfortably on your sofa while you are watching TV, or in your car between two errands, we suggest you try changing these habits. Indeed, if you make a habit of eating anywhere, your brain will associate these places with food.
  • Listen to your hunger: If you are feeling real hunger, don’t wait to eat since we all tend to overeat when we feel excessive hunger. So plan your meals, try to always eat at the same time and eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Avoid temptations: That goes without saying; it’s much easier to resist a crazy urge for chocolate if we don’t have any in the house!
  • Exercise: Sports are your best friend as physical exertion releases endorphins that give you natural relief against stress.

Sources : 6 trucs pour ne plus manger ses émotions, Trucs pour éviter de manger ses émotions, Défi : Je me prend en main par Nautilus Plus, Institut de recherche clinique de Montréal : Document je mange mes émotions, 5 conseils pour éviter de manger vos émotions, Fondation des maladies du cœur : les aliments réconfortants?, Passeport Santé : Problèmes de poids.

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