Trans4mind Home Page

Ending Emotional Eating

By Alison Stoodley

You won't believe how easy it is to overcome emotional eating. Seriously. Just recognize that whenever you are eating and you are not hungry, you are eating for an emotional reason. Now, stop it.

I can hear the nay sayers now: "It's not that easy, I have special emotions, she has no idea what my life is like." So let me begin by telling you that yes, it is that easy, there is no such thing as a special emotion and my waist measurement will attest to my emotional eating issues that stem back to my childhood, so, in fact, I know exactly how this issue affects your life.

Here's the thing, stopping eating when you are not hungry is not hard, making the decision to stop eating when you are not hungry, now that is the hard part.

We have devised any number of stories that support our bad habits and what is necessary in this case is to look at this issue without these stories and the complications that we pile on it. We need to use a dose of self-awareness and in that crucial moment choose something else.

Becoming aware won't be hard, set the intention to do so and you will notice these clues when they pop up:

  • You will probably not feel good
  • You will probably feel guilty
  • You will probably not be eating something that supports your health goals (when was the last time you emotionally ate salad?)

When these conditions are present you have to stop what you are doing. Don't let your ego tell you that you have already started on this tub of ice cream which has ruined your good intentions anyway so you may as well keep piling it in. Stop, walk away from it, and tell yourself you can go back if you want but first tell yourself this:

The next thing you do is very important because it speaks volumes about the results you are going to achieve. You will either override the conversation of the ego (the thing that has kept you unhealthy) or you will choose something else. Your health goals live inside of this moment. This is where you make the difference between success and failure, between meeting your commitment and strengthening the ego's hold on your health. This is where you trade your health for the ice cream or you remain firmly in control of your life. Because you are the only person who controls what goes in your mouth right? So stop eating and get back to being in control. Read that last paragraph again, it's an important one.

In order to accomplish your goals you must realize that it is not the easy times that will call you to task, it is not during the easy times that you learn how powerful you are or what you are capable of or how amazing you can be. It is the challenges that provide those wonderful things for you. Inside of each of them is an opportunity to take back the control that is necessary to make conscious decisions, to reshape your body, your mind and your spirit, to create the life you really want to be living, because if you learn to be who you truly are with your health you will know what it feels like to move mountains.

If your lessons of self-worth, like mine, are tied up in the food you eat and the way you honour your commitments to your health, choose right now to take them seriously; they are the keys to the life you are living and to the one you want to create. Remember, this is your show, you decide what happens next... it is ALL up to you.

Alison Stoodley is a writer and a life coach living on the edge of the north Atlantic ocean on a gorgeous rugged rock called Newfoundland. For almost 20 years she has run a program to cultivate and nurture self-worth called The WORTH Program. Contact Alison by email to discuss online or telephone coaching.
More Health & Fitness articles
Latest Additions

Good info on many topics:

Tools for Transformation

personal development
Trans4mind offers its visitors a huge range of complimentary personal development resources for self-directed education and transformation of the whole person...
Introduction to our Tools for Transformation. We aim to open up the mind to new ideas, new challenges and new solutions - to think differently and be creative.
Here are our favorite quotes. The best quotes distill powerful wisdom into a few words and can make a real difference to our perception and understanding. Including:
Life  Purpose, Spiritual  Awareness, Success and Abundance, Wisdom from the Heart, Happiness and Wellbeing, Communication & Relationships, Motivation and Leadership, Parenting and Education, Emotional Intelligence, Transitions in Life, Social Community, Quirky Quotes, Creativity, Proverbs, Humor - and many further topics in the Wisdom from the Heart section.
Articles by Peter Shepherd and Wallace Huey. Imagine if the values of the heart could be brought into our families, communities, charities, organizations and businesses... what kind of a world would this create?
Audios by Peter Shepherd, focused on key personal development topics, to help advance your personal growth.
A free meditation program to help you experience the state of unconditional love - key to lasting joy and fulfillment in your life.
Become more clear about your own identity, what you want in life - your life vision - and how to manifest your full potential. And then move on to the free New Life Course to advance in many further ways.
If we do actually have a soul, then where does it go after death? Near-death experiences provide convincing answers.
Check out our fascinating collection of complete books for you to read online, including Peter Shepherd’s Transforming the Mind, which created the foundation of this site back in 1997.
Trans4mind's publications, PDFs covering many personal development topics, and the World of Inspiration eLibrary.
Free personality test based on the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. See yourself as others may see you, in a more objective light, so you can know yourself better.
Our site is expansive, including loads of helpful resources. See what else we have.

Check out the menus on the top of every page too!

Hypnosis Downloads

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

Copyright © 1997-2018 Trans4mind Ltd
Terms of Use & Privacy Policy       Email Webmaster