Today's post comes from Aakriti Kundu. Aakriti helps women who are tired of stressing about what to eat, what they weigh, and how they live up to society’s impossible beauty standards. By working through food obsession and body shame, she coaches women of all ages to feel fantastic in their bodies by giving them the confidence to feel amazing in their clothes, eat guilt free, and shake the booty they were born with!She can be found at www.aakritikundu.com, where she gives out virtual hugs all the time.
Hey there Lovelies,
You caught yourself staring at the fridge again, didn't you?
That all too familiar feeling of numbness and boredom driving you crazy? Being forced to eat the heathen foods you promised yourself you wouldn't touch again?
Sometimes it can feel like you're a robot being powered by some Hungry Alien. And almost ALWAYS the only way to get rid of that gnawing feeling is to stuff your face, keep your mouth busy and snack like your life depended on it.
No you're not crazy (at least not in this aspect)...
You are not the only one who feels like that and there are answers other than abandoning your efforts at being fit. I promise!
If you haven't already, I need you to check out this post about identifying what's causing your emotional eating. For those of you who have been working on your own personal causes, I applaud your courage and efforts! Here it is as promised, your saviour, your list-in-shining-armor "What the hell to do when your emotional eating comes to the surface"
One side note:
While this is as comprehensive a list, as I could come up with, it really is more of a jumping off point. The truth is that there's usually so much going on beneath the surface, as I'm sure you're discovering, that actually leads to emotional eating in the first place.
Until we take a real hard look at those causative factors, we're just putting a band-aid on the problem, which usually isn't a longterm solution.
You also want to make sure that you're not tapping out ALL your willpower doing one of the alternate activities you pick. Meaning? It has to be something enjoyable and readily available to do, something you can turn to without fighting yourself too much. You are creating an alternative process so the easier it is to make into a habit that sticks, the more likely you are to succeed.
So don't pick something like shopping at some exorbitant store that will leave you broke in a week. Another bad idea - skiing in the Swiss Alps when you live in Bombay (unless you live in the Alps whenever it snows, in which case swoosh-swoosh!!). You get the picture...
Based on your needs and preferences your personal toolkit will probably look very different from that of your mother, sister or best friend... Nonetheless I want to get the ball rolling, a strong foundation from where to start...
30 things you can do when you're
faced with mindless eating
- Call a friend
- Drink some water
- Go for a walk
- Move your body in a way you like
- Read a book
- Journal your heart out
- Take some deep breaths
- Engage in a creative activity
- Revisit a hobby (for me this is singing)
- Do something that makes you happy
- Stock up on Healthy snacks
- Give yourself a hug and a kiss
- Clean the house
- Listen to some upbeat music
- Look at happy images & happy photos of you
- Close your eyes and take a mini break
- Repeat loving words/affirmations
- Take a warm bath
- Get a massage (self massage counts)
- Paint your nails and comb your hair
- Go to the mirror and smile at your own face
- Light a candle
- Donate to a charity you love
- Clear up clutter around you- Tidy Up!
- Write a love note (to yourself or some one else)
- Make a list of things you're grateful for
- Schedule the treat you crave 3 days in the future and forget about it
- Give yourself some love
There you go!
Which of these made you smile? And which ones got you all excited to try out? Write them out and place a little reminder in your work space, your phone or on a mirror so you can see it often.
Congratulations, you don't have to be controlled by food anymore!! How cool is that?? Hurrayyyyy!!!!
I would also LOVE to hear your ideas... What other options are you working on? How are you creating empowering habits to leave that Hungry Alien dead in its tracks?
Tell me all about it in the comments, I cannot wait to see what you guys will do with this! And feel free to share this with friends, family and strangers.
With all my warm, shiny love