Start Self Monitoring
The first step to getting control of an emotional eating problem is to recognize what causes you to eat in the first place. Ideally food should be consumed when you are hungry or need energy. However, people with emotional eating tendencies tend to eat when they are bored, angry, sad, nervous or any other host of various emotional states that have little to do with being hungry. Write down in a journal throughout the day what kinds of activities or situations cause you to eat.
A Diary Can Reveal Patterns
Keeping a diary of both your food intake and your emotional state is crucial to figuring out the link between your eating habits and your food. Write down what kinds of foods you tend to eat when you eat. Most people find carbohydrates or sweets to be especially gratifying when eating out of emotional necessity. Also, keep a general diary of your emotions and how you feel about yourself when you eat out of emotional need insteadRead More »from Control Emotional Eating