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Aaargh, I can’t stop eating

None of my summer shorts fit and I still can't stop stuffing my face. Thankfully Muddy Norfolk editor Helen consulted the experts for these three easy emotional eating tips.

I LOVE FOOD. It’s there when I’m sad to comfort me and it’s also there as a reward when I’m celebrating. I’m your a typical emotional eater.

Food has been a welcome distraction during these uncertain times and with so many lovely local businesses tempting me with their creative takeaways – I’m stuffed, literally.

Luckily for me I have The Mindful Cook on speed dial and I reached out to get some much needed advice on how to get back in control of my eating. I’m not alone, she’s been inundated with messages from people saying they can’t slow the snacking.

The problem is that over indulgence leads to weight gain which leads to a whole plethora of negative emotions like regret and self doubt. I hear you – despite desperately wanting to see friends, now I’ve started to worry that when I do, it will be like a reverse makeover reveal.

If like me, you’re finding yourself reaching for the cookie jar more than you would normally, here are The Mindful Cook’s top three tips on taking back control.

1. Take control

Try to make more conscious choices about what you are eating by planning your meals and shopping to your plan. Setting an intention to eat well by creating a meal plan makes it more likely that you will stick to it, and creating your shopping list from the plan means it’s less likely that you will become distracted or aimlessly browse when in-store or online. If you don’t have biscuits in the cupboard, you won’t be tempted by them when you hit a low point.

2. Find a distraction

Write a list of the other things that bring you emotional reward or provide a happy distraction. Things like having a bath, speaking to a friend, getting crafty – whatever it is that brings you joy or comfort other than eating, put it on the list and stick it somewhere you can see it.

3. Get real with your emotions

Many people have difficulty accepting negative emotions, but the truth is, they are unavoidable. Acknowledging that you are not going to feel happy all the time, and being kind to yourself when you do feel a little low, takes the pressure off and makes it less likely that you will turn to food to hide from it.

If you want to escape emotional eating cycles and improve your emotional health, then take a look The Mindful Cook’s 3 step online course, Overcome Emotional Eating for £67.

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