Emotional Eating and Two Ways to Solve It

A couple solutions for one of the biggest problems most women face.

by: Adam Meadows

Emotional eating is NOT only experienced by women... but it is something most women are all-too familiar with. It's, by far, the number one thing my female clients want to discuss within the first week of working through my program.

So… why does it happen? Seems like a daunting question to answer as a dude… but here is my best attempt at expressing how amazing women are and what they deal with…

Women are masters at facing challenges and making things happen.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a new mother, a high-level executive, a best friend, a horrible sister (shout out my sister), or a combo of all of the above… plus some… if you’re a woman, you’re asked to do a lot.

An endless list of things to do, taking care of others and constant multi-tasking would leave anyone feeling burned out.

It should be no surprise… but after ALL of this… there’s not much energy left for taking care of yourself. 

You’re stressed, so you eat. Then you feel guilty for overeating, which creates more stress. You vow to start some impossible diet, and REPEAT.

Next thing you know, your clothes feel more snug than ever and you’re avoiding mirrors and scales as much as you avoid that creepy guy that sends you 13 unanswered messages every week. 

It’s easy to feel like real life doesn’t leave much room for fit life. But guess what…it’s possible if you know how to find that balance. Here’s a couple things that will help.

couch time: building a better relationship with food

I get it. Nothing says love after a long stressful day like a gooey, greasy pizza and a tub of chocolate ice cream. And like most toxic relationships, it’s super addicting. But there’s a reason you’re having these cravings. When you find yourself reaching for that next fix, try observing what happened leading up to it.

  • Where were you?
  • What were you doing?
  • What were you thinking
  • What were you feeling
  • Who was with you?

More often than not, you’ll find a pattern. 

Your weekly call from mom, and suddenly you feel like devouring a cake.

Or that annoying coworker that makes you feel like you need to skip the wine glass and just start chugging straight from the bottle.

Find small solutions to help change the pattern. Schedule a small workout after calls with mom, or go for a walk on your lunch break to help unwind and relieve stress.

over come those commitment issues

Staying consistent with a program can prove to be a challenge for most women who are juggling a million things at once.

The key is to find a plan that fits your lifestyle AND doesn’t feel like another chore on the to-do list.

Ask for help.

Guidance from a caring coach (maybe one with a sense of humor, a killer beard, and a love for tacos) can make a huge difference so you don’t have to figure it out alone.

Daily reminders to practice your current learnings and measuring your progress will also help to keep you motivated. 

Another key: find someone that will make you hold yourself accountable. Whether it’s a friend, family, that cute guy at the Target checkout, whoever. Someone to motivate to you follow through.

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