How many times have you sworn on everything you’ve ever owned that you would stop binging on the weekends, never have a dessert again, and this time, for real, end emotional eating for good?
Why is it so hard to let go of emotional eating, even when we don’t want to, we wish we wouldn’t, and we know it’s not serving us?
Because the hard truth and the one thing you need to know is this:
Putting down the food is hard.
Like really hard.
That’s not to say it isn’t possible. And it’s not to say that it isn’t worth putting in the effort.
It absolutely, positively, without a doubt, is worth it.
But it is hard at first. When you’ve used food as your coping mechanism for all of the things you don’t know how to deal with, don’t want to deal with, or can’t imagine dealing with, it’s your go-to way to cope with your emotions, your stressors, and your life.
Whether it’s a conscious choice (“This ice cream is gonna make me feel so much better after my long day”) or an unconscious choice (“My hand is already in the bag of Doritos before I even know what’s going on”), it’s still the same principle: we are using food to cope/handle/deal with our emotions.
So what happens when you put down the food?