HOW TO STOP STUFFING YOUR FEELINGS WITH FOOD 


You know what I’m talking about right? 

Stressful day with your boss, employees, your company? 

Hurt feelings from the guy you’ve been texting-or wishing he would text back.

So tired of having to take the trash out & do EVERYTHING ON YOUR OWN. 

You may have even said, I wish I had a “wife” to help me get all the things done I need to do??

One of the first steps is just giving yourself a little breathing, thinking time to let yourself be.

Let yourself feel the emotions instead of running to the Moose Tracks Ice cream (that may or may not have been my go to in the past) ;). 
Many people ask, when, how, I’m so busy…how am I supposed to give myself some time???

The question I ask you then….HOW CAN YOU AFFORD TO NOT GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF TIME? That looks like I’m yelling, I just like CAPS. But it helps for emphasis.

How can we not afford to give ourselves the gift of taking a few minutes of down time for ourselves each day to listen to all the funky stuff our mind wants to tell us?

It’s just like a child, our emotions are a way of trying to get our attention & they are trying to tell us stuff! Important stuff, but it can be hard to give it time.

When we don’t give our minds & bodies some attention, it creates long term stressors that can turn in to health  or mental health issues later down the road not to mention the weight we gain trying to deal with it.

TIP: 
MAKE A PLAN FOR WHEN THE FEELINGS COME UP & 
EXPECT THEM TO

ASK YOURSELF: Instead of eating, what can I do to just let myself feel the emotion and not freak out?

I recommend making a plan & expecting yourself to have emotions. 

This may sound a little obvious but go with me: 

Expect uncomfortable emotions & make a plan for when they come up. It’s often when we think we are “hit out of the blue” by an emotion that we turn to food.

One client said: I don’t have time to process an emotion, they just build up in the middle of work. Let me give an example of how she started to deal with it:

One of my awesome clients felt stress creep up around 3:00 p.m. in her work day pretty regularly. After coaching & unraveling it a bit, she realized that she was feeling an accumulation of stress & resentment around how her boss was interacting with her & her job duties. 

So, she made a plan. She started to see how she didn’t need to make the stressful feelings wrong when they came up & so she decided to make a plan for 3:00p.m. She decided around 3:00 p.m. she’d go take a short walk and drink some water.

She let herself have the time to move her body, let her brain calm down, before she said anything to him & gave herself permission to feel the way she was feeling…instead of turning to the treats in the break room.  

The key was to plan beforehand to expect it, not make it wrong & plan to give herself a brain break. 

Another woman decided to grab a soft blanket when she felt the strong emotions come up at night after a long exhausting day & the urge to eat her emotions.

The key was to plan beforehand to expect it, not make it wrong & plan to give herself a brain break. 

Another woman, makes a plan to grab HINT water (fruit infused, 0 calorie, non-GMO) hen she’s feeling, stressed, overwhelmed, & discouraged with her work day.

The key was to plan beforehand to expect it, not make it wrong & plan to give herself a brain break.

AWESOME OPTIONS to plan beforehand to expect the emotions, not make them wrong & give yourself a brain break instead of stuffing our faces: 

1-TAKE 5: Take 5 minutes to free write what’s on your mind.

2-CALL A FRIEND: Take 5 minutes to just “empty your brain basket” to a friend on the phone.

3-MAKE SOME TEA: I’m thinking people in the UK have a smart thing going when they do their afternoon tea ritual-it can help break up the day, and calms the system by making, then sipping the tea.

4-LISTEN TO MUSIC-this is one of my favorites. I have my Spotify account all cued up with my favorite playlists: “Spa”, “Nature Melodies”, & “In search of harmony”. I also like to listen to Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked & then when I want to focus on gratitude, I listen to “For Good” from the same musical.

5-LISTEN TO A PODCAST OR A 5 MIN TED TALK -there are so many good ones out there today.

6-GO FOR A SHORT OR LONG WALK – I like walking, listening to podcasts or audio books or calling my mom, sister or a friend instead, double calming. 

7-BURN SOME CANDLES

8-DRAW OR PAINT

9-FOCUS ON YOUR HOBBY THAT YOU HAVEN’T GIVEN TIME TO LATELY.

TAKE SOME TIME TO PLAN FOR YOUR EMOTIONS, EXPECT THEM, DON’T MAKE THEM WRONG.
THIS IS WHAT I TEACH IN MY PROGRAM:  


FREE YOUR JOY! CREATE FREEDOM FROM EMOTIONAL EATING 


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