Emotional eating is a challenge for many of us, we all have emotions and strong reactions to things which make us react in many unexpected ways!
Taking a moment to breathe and consider why the emotions are there in the first place or stepping away from a situation which is making you feel bad can be difficult. Although, these are essential if you want to stop emotional eating and curb that reactive response.
The urge to eat something is a powerful one when your stress response or anxiety have gone into overdrive and you’re no longer conscious about what you eat, you just need to eat/drink something to distract you and make those feelings or those unwanted sensations go away!
Then eating/drinking has become a coping mechanism or a distraction!
Emotional eating is a reaction to feelings, thoughts or sensations that drive you (sometimes in a ritualistic state) to try and quash them with the action of eating or drinking something. Often these foods/drinks are the ones which...
FEED YOUR IMMUNITY
Let's face it, most of us have never experienced a situation like we are right now... we're spending more time at home, even more time sat down and yet probably more time eating than ever before! Usually out of boredom or anxiety!
Truth is, the less you move, the less food (energy) you actually need... the other side to this is you're likely to be reaching for high sugar/fat/salt 'comfort' foods because you've gone into a coping mechanism... this is human nature, give yourself a moment to be in this space and then, recognise it will negatively impact you if ongoing and take action!
Poor gut health is linked to obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and digestive issues such as IBS.
However, it’s mostly linked to your immunity and the strength of it to ward off viruses and illness... this is SUPER IMPORTANT now right?
Here are some quick tips to help your body to strengthen your immunity...
* Eat more fibre - foods such as fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes
Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown and the increased time inside most of the day and if you’re based in a non-sunny climate, your vitamin D level could possibly decrease.
Therefore, it might be worth considering taking a vitamin D supplement, usually more essential during the darker months (in the UK) of September to April but during these unusual times of staying indoors most of the time it’s perhaps wise until we are all able to return to some form of ‘normality’.
You can get some vitamin D from your diet if you eat oily fish, mushrooms and egg yolks (whole eggs basically), but the rest you need to get from sunlight.
You can currently go out to exercise once a day (walk, run, cycle) and you should if you can but also adhere to the rules to protect yourself, the most vulnerable and of course ALL the amazing people helping fight the war of this devastating virus! If you have zero symptoms, have an enclosed, garden, courtyard or balcony...