3 Reasons why you can’t stop stress and emotional eating (and the solution)

why can't I stop emotional eating

There are three reasons why you can’t stop stress and emotional eating. And according to a recent survey by Precision Nutrition, you’re not alone.

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3 Reasons why you can’t stop stress and emotional eating

Awareness is key. Notice when stress, emotional eating and cravings happen. There’s often a pattern that’s triggered by certain thoughts, feelings or situations.

#1 So first, notice, do intense cravings happen when you’re restricting certain foods or calories on a “diet” or restrictive meal plan?

That’s why I find it crazy that so many of us go to them as solutions to the challenges of cravings, overeating, stress/emotional eating. Yup, often they’re the CAUSE!

Yes, read that again.

So the solution is to stop dieting and going to restrictive meal plans to improve your health and well-being. That’s why I take a non-diet, no meal plans approach – focused on improving your eating behaviors and relationship to food and your body (and your entire self-care) to help you feel and be your best self.

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How can I stop emotional eating

# 2 Second, do you find yourself stress or emotional eating when you are exhausted?

Maybe you’re not sleeping well (or your list of reasons) so you find yourself in a pattern of drinking tons of coffee and/or reaching for sweets to get through another day – to give you more energy.

Nope you don’t have a problem with sweets. You’re exhausted. Let’s figure out how to get you sleeping better or whatever is causing your fatigue.

# 3 Third, consider your why?

Why do you crave crunchy potato chips every Sunday night (or every evening)? Are you feeling stressed and anxious about heading back to another day in a toxic work environment?

Again, it’s common for us to try and solve cravings or overeating by dieting or restricting that specific food — when it’s not a food problem. The challenge is coming from feeling stressed or ___(lonely, angry, sad etc.) about work or __ (whatever the cause is for you).

The solution is to recognize your triggers and then find alternate solutions – to break this unwanted pattern.

Want to gain insights into your unwanted eating habits and find deep health solutions to change them? The list of stress, emotional eating, and cravings triggers is endless and unique to you.

Complete my free self-care assessment and let’s get you scheduled for a 30-minute chat to get started.

To your happiness and health, ♡ Tanya

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