So many women with PCOS battle with emotional eating. There are different reasons for emotional eating... whether it be due to stress, feeling like you deserve a reward, or for comfort! For me, I did it a lot for comfort and reward. I battled anxiety and found that I wanted to eat a lot to soothe that anxious feeling and I did not like that I "couldn't" have certain foods, so it made me want them that much more! I also would tell myself things like, "You worked really hard today, so you deserve that bowl of ice cream!" Does any of that sound like you? If so, please don't beat yourself up or feel bad! You truly have a legitimate reason behind the emotional eating!
There are two things that I find helpful in dealing with emotional eating:
- Ask yourself, "What is your why?" Do you want more energy? Do you want to overcome the struggle of infertility? Do you want to be able to play with your kids more? Everyone wants to overcome emotional eating for one reason or another. Dig deep and find out what it is that you really want.
- Once identifying your why, determine to focus on what you CAN have. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the foods that we can't or aren't allowed to have. However, if you focus on the foods that make you feel good and think about how the bad foods are going to make you feel personally, it gives a sense of power. It becomes personal. You are doing it for you and not because someone told you it was bad.
Call to Action - Find one food item in your home that you know you don't need to be eating and think on how it will make you feel when you eat it. Will it cause you to crash? Stomach ache? Headache? Think about specific things. And if you're ready to take this step, throw it away and take a moment to enjoy that feeling of power and control!
Leave a comment below and let me know how this works out for you! I'd love to hear what you throw away and the feeling of power it gives you to take back that control!