So, the other day I woke up to find out that I only had decaf coffee…😫 I’d ran out of my favourite coffee (currently Grumpy Mule which is just about beating Lavazza)…
Long story, short. My routine was out of whack. And I could feel myself wanting to be pi$$ed off about this.
First world problems, ay?
You see, we love routine. And although this can be a good thing?
It can also be the exact thing stopping you from getting the results you want with your body, health, exercise, and eating habits…
You try to follow a new diet. Lose some weight…then it HITS YOU.
Something stressful comes up (be it emails, hubby, work, kids…) and food seems like the easiest thing to do turn to.
To give you that pick me up. Some comfort. At least for a brief moment.
And I get it. It does. I’d be lying if I’d said I’ve never eaten because I’m stressed.
It’s usually when I’m procrastinating on something I know I need to do but
I’m scared of doing it because I’m worried it won’t work
^^ which is dangerous if it becomes routine as this ‘sedation’ gets needier and needier and just contributes to the old age problem of :
“I know what to do but I still don’t do it” (as I explain here)
Anyway, I want to share 3 things that I find to be the most effective tools to help the ladies I work with learn to take control of their emotional eating.
it’s nothing to do with a supplement or my mystical powers telling me that you will always be like this because of the month your were born in (someone was genuinely told that…)
So, here are the 3 things I find to be the most effective:
1️⃣ Being surrounded with like-minded people and having someone to reach out to ask questions when you’re stuck…so you can see that you are not alone in this.
Given that emotional eating is probably the most common obstacle to weight loss that I see, knowing that there are others going through similar issues such as:
Maybe not getting support from loved ones at home?
Being told ‘I love you the way you are” even though you’re not happy…
And seeing what they are doing and be open about this is just – put simply – a very powerful thing.
In fact, this is how some of the ladies have learnt to take better control over it. I’m not saying it’s simple.
You will have bad days.
But its only TRULY bad day if you don’t learn from it 🙂
2️⃣ A simple plan that you can do on your busiest day, most stressful day – This is literally why some of the recipes and plans I work on with the ladies in our Kickstart Programme can be made in minutes
or just grabbed on the go.
Better is still better..
It might not always be perfect…
But it’s not just about the food…
giving yourself permission to feel tired, feel stressed is OK…
I’d throw it out there
That your thoughts about feeling tired are way more harmful to your progress
And how you feel
Than the fact you feel tired…
And, of course, doing things like going for walks, reading, taking up your old hobby, Headspace etc. will help.
Not instantly….you have to be patient.
Just like a baby starting trying to crawl
^^ our 6 month old is getting pretty frustrated right now as she just wants to be off…
3️⃣ Feel what you are feeling INSIDE when you are emotionally eating: don’t just focus on what you are doing, try to think about how you are feeling at the time of doing it.
Almost as if you are watching yourself do it.
Procrastinating about something? Feeling overwhelmed? Not happy with how you feel and look? Want some time for you? Fed up of the world cup? 😉
Whatever it is…feel it and accept it. That’s a HUGE start.
Ask the questions:
1) How are you feeling when you stress eat? As in, what feelings are you actually feeling? What’s the cause of this?
2) What is this telling you to do?
3) What are you willing to do about it and WHEN? Schedule what you will do and it’s 1000% more likely to be done…
And if you want to take it one step further?
Our 4-Week Kickstart Programme is opening up again soon.
If you’d like more details on this? Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ’4 Week’ and I’ll get you the details.
Matt ‘Grumpy Mule’ Fruci
PS. You can grab a free copy of my book HERE
PPS. Watch How Cassie From Wiltshire Went From Mobility Scooter To Running Her First 5k & Fitting Back In Her Favourite Clothes Without Long, Boring Workouts Or Giving Up Her Favourite Foods >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH