I was always a big kid growing up, and I was teased a lot for it. I felt like I was an outsider in my own family, because no one understood why I was so big. I was constantly comparing myself to my siblings and other kids around me, and feeling like I was never good enough. I was constantly stressed out and anxious, which only made my emotional eating worse.
Growing up, I never knew how to control my emotional eating. I would eat whenever I was feeling down, anxious, or stressed. It was like a coping mechanism for me, and it was something I did without even thinking about it. I never really realized how much I was emotionally eating until I got older.
When I was in my twenties, I finally decided that I needed to make a change. I wanted to be healthier and to feel better about myself. I started to research ways to overcome emotional eating, and I was surprised to find that there was actually a lot of information out there.
One of the first changes I made was to start keeping a food diary. I wrote down everything I ate, and then I tried to analyze why I had chosen to eat that particular food. It made me more aware of my eating habits and of what triggers my emotional eating.
Next, I started to practice mindful eating. I focused on the taste and texture of the food I was eating, rather than just shoveling it in. I also tried to eat meals slowly, making sure to take my time and savor the flavors.
I also started to practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation. This helped me to manage my stress levels, which in turn helped me to curb my emotional eating.
Finally, I began to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. Not only did this help me to burn off extra calories, but it also gave me an outlet to release my stress and anxiety.
It took time and dedication, but eventually I was able to overcome my emotional eating and start on the path to a healthier and happier lifestyle. I now have more energy and feel better about myself. I’m able to enjoy food without feeling guilty, and I’m better able to manage my stress levels.
I’m so glad I was able to overcome my emotional eating and make healthier choices. If I can do it, so can you.