21 Apr Quarantine Stress Eating and Avoid Weight Gain
During this season many people have been furloughed from jobs or unfortunately permanently terminated.
Usually the strongest food cravings hit when you’re at your weakest point emotionally. Many turn to food for comfort — consciously or unconsciously — when facing a difficult problem, feeling stressed or even feeling bored.
I’ve got you covered! Every week, for the next several weeks, I’m doing a special mini training where you will learn Mindful eating and specific strategies that will help you to avoid overeating out of stress, anxiety, boredom AND avoid unwanted weight gain!
We call this “Mindful Eating”.
Gain control of emotional eating
Emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts, weight maintenance efforts and health in general. It often leads to eating too much — especially too much of high-calorie, sweet and fatty foods.
The good news is that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals.
Emotional eating, is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness, or just a subconscious habit – All of which many of us are experiencing right now.
All of this trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss and weight maintenance efforts
What are some other Triggers For Emotional Eating”
Many people experience emotional eating at one time or another. It could show itself as eating a bag of chips when bored or eating a chocolate bar after a difficult day at work.
Emotions, such as stress, are not the only triggers for emotional eating. Other common triggers that people report include:
- Boredom: Being bored or having nothing to do is a common emotional eating trigger. During these times, having too much time that you’re not used to!
- Habits: These are often driven by nostalgia or things that happened in a person’s childhood. An example might be, having ice cream after a good report card or baking cookies with a grandparent.
- Fatigue: It is easier to overeat or eat mindlessly when fatigued, especially when tired of doing an unpleasant task. This is one reason why getting adequate sleep in very important!
- Social influences: Everyone has that friend who encourages them to get a pizza after a night out, go out for dinner or drinks after a difficult day, or as a reward for a good day.
I like to say ‘family’ and ‘friends’ can make you fat!
5 Ways to Handle Stress Eating
In order to get control of stress/emotional eating, you have to control your stress levels.
The best way to deal with stress is to address current situations head-on and, at the same time, learn to be prepared to handle stressful situations in the future before the problem and you’re eating behavior get out of hand.
These 5 steps can help you manage stress and avoid stress eating:
Know your stressors.
Identify the circumstances and emotions that lead you to stress-eat. These are your emotional eating triggers, and once you recognize them, you can take steps to avoid them or at least be prepared for them.
Exercise to reduce stress.
If you’re physically fit, you’re more resistant to the effects of stress. Since we are not able to physically go to gym, take advantage of online workout. Also try to increase the amount of walking, gardening, cleaning and other lighter forms of movement and exercise you normally do from day to day.
Reach out for help.
Talk out your feelings and your unhealthy responses to stress with close friends and family who can give you the support you need to get through tough situations. If you often feel guilt, shame or regret over your eating habits, you may want to speak with a professional counselor.
Develop a practice of mindfulness.
Prayer, Meditation, yoga, tai chi and other mindfulness-based exercises and programs help calm the mind and the body. When you are mindful, calm, and focused, you are better able to make smarter and healthier lifestyle choices.
Learn intuitive eating
Intuitive eating means paying more attention to the natural, internal hunger and fullness signals sent between your brain and your gut. These signals help you determine when, what, and how much to eat.
Emotional eating is a common experience and is not usually associated with physical hunger. Physical hunger is usually not as urgent or sudden unless it has been a while since a person ate.
Some people succumb to stress/emotional eating occasionally while others can find it impacts on their lives and may even threaten their health and mental wellbeing.
How to Combat the Quarantine-Related Weight Gain…
(A proactive approach)
During this time of quarantine and social distancing, many are concerned with gaining weight due to simply being at home all day!
From time to time in my practice I have the ability to offer a “40-Minute Weight Loss Breakthrough Session.” Now this is typically valued at $125.00, but I’d truly love to gift you one of these sessions!
Now is the perfect time to get personalized recommendations to help you to ramp up your immune function ensure, you’re getting all of the vitamins and nutrients you need, and prevent quarantine-related weight gain.
Excited stuff! Is that something you’d like to do?
Here is just a snapshot of what will occur during the call, we’ll.
• Define a crystal clear vision of your specific nutrition/weight loss path
• Uncover the hidden challenges and unconscious self-sabotage that’s been holding you back from losing weight and keeping it off
•You’ll leave the session not only inspired, but also with tangible next steps to finally start seeing results from all your hard work!
I am gifting “12” of these complimentary because of the uncertainty and hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
To put your name in the hat and claim on of these life changing and informative sessions CLICK HERE
Fill out the application and it submit. Over the next two weeks, I will choose 12 applicants to receive a complimentary “Weight Loss Breakthrough” session from me.