Posted Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM
i have major craving issues. What can I do? I am a stress and emotional eater. How can I stop ? So I can eat health.
First thing, I think, is to target the stresses and emotions. If they're still there, then you'll still be grabbing something - whether it's HoHos or vegan cupcakes. Either way, you'll be eating without needing the actual food/nutrients.
Second thing is to only have good stuff handy - if you MUST munch due to stress occurring, at least make it an apple or some grape or carrot sticks. Get the cookies, chips, etc out of the house/out of sight as much as possible. If there's a vending machine at work, make sure you have no change/cash on hand for it. etc.
Create 'buffers' for yourself as well - if you notice you're heading to a snack, stop and get a drink of water. Think about how you feel, physically and emotionally. Do you feel hungry or do you feel angry, or frustrated, or nervous, or whatever? A quick test of actually needing food is whether an apple or a tomato sounds tasty. If an apple is appealing, you're likely really hungry (assuming you like apples that is). If apples and tomatoes are not appealing, and only that chocolatey sugary treat seems tempting, then it's probably not biologically necessary eating. Once you can get that little bit of separation and consciousness about it, you can choose your next move instead of blindly munching everything in sight.