We have all been there: long days, back to back meetings, 3 pm energy crash, biscuit hunt...Oh, and it’s only Monday!
It's difficult to stop or even avoid emotional eating during the workday. While there are many other coping mechanisms out there, food remains an effective distraction from our worries and an easy-to-access source of comfort. So how do you break a stress/boredom-induced eating habit?
1. Stretch your legs
Ideally, everyone would use their lunch break to not only eat but also go for a little walk. This being said, I know that sometimes that’s just not possible. When that’s the case, make you sure you step away from your computer every 45 minutes to get some water or just having a wander around on your floor (or your house if you're currently working from home).
You are probably thinking “huh”? You read that right. We often skip meals when we feel too busy or, just don’t eat enough when we do remember to eat. This then leads to an energy slump which will enquire a quick fix, probably something sugary. So yes, if you know you’re going to have one of those days, plan ahead and have nutritious food at hand.
3. Out of sight, out of mind
If you know that stress eating is something you’re prone to do, avoid leaving a supersized jar of sweets or a family-size chocolate bar on your desk.
This isn’t to say that you can’t have these things when if you want them but there is no need to have staring contests with them when you know you tend to emotionally eat AND feel bad about it afterwards (physically and emotionally).
For more tips on how to stop emotional eating, check out these other articles in my blog.
If you want to go a little deeper, my book is your next stop: STUFFED: how to feel so good about yourself you won’t have room for cake