Women of all sorts seem to find â€˜comfortâ€™ in comfort food. Itâ€™s inherent for them to feel comforted.
In this day and age, the age of uncertainty, recession, joblessness, spiralling prices, emotional upheavals, the only comforter for some is the juicy steak, or the sweetened cream or double fried spicy chips.
As the name suggests comfort foods just offer temporary hugs that leave their marks as flab and increasing waistlines.
Eating driven due to emotions is emotional overeating, and emotional overeating is an emotional disorder or imbalance that can have serious consequences on ones health.
Women are easy preys to this disorder. But do not despair for the answer lies in your self, in your mind and it will not cost you a cent.
- One of the first and simple ways to start the process of stopping this habit is to reassure you. Yes you need to reassure yourself everyday, firmly and clearly with the words, â€˜I love myself completely without conditionâ€™, â€˜I am happy with myselfâ€™; â€˜I am beautiful inside and outsideâ€™. The reassurance that you are good and beautiful brings about positive change. This positivity lowers the craving for comfort food.
- When you start to eat, pause, stop and think about what is making you eat. Is it boredom, anger, loneliness or anxiety? Keep a diary and note down the events that makes you reach out for that pastry in the fridge.
- It is not easy to resolve those emotions that steer you towards eating untimely food. But try and see what is making you angry, anxious or lonely. If you are angry, dissipate that anger by going on a walk or a run.
If you are feeling anxious, listen to music that calms you or practice meditation. And if you are feeling lonely talk about it with a family or friend. Talking about your problem can be an important step in trying to resolve that problem.
- Find the trigger that makes you crave for comfort food. Once you find out what is triggering this emotion you may be able to stop the eating. Try and control yourself for 10 minutes before reaching for that biscuit when you are agitated.
- Do not keep high salty foods or sweetened foods around. A bowl of soup or a cup of tea should be substituted if the need for comfort food arises.
- Regular exercise, timely meals and good sleep will make moods manageable. Mood fluctuations bring out the craving for comfort foods.
- If stressed, try and veer towards things that you love to do. Hobbies and interests calm the mind that in turn takes it away from the lure of sweetened or high calorie foods.
- Once you have established what kind of changes you need in your life â€“ expand your social life, make new friends, cultivate a new relationship – then you can see that the emotion that always threatened to overpower you no longer holds you.
You will now be able to decide what is it you feel and what kind of action you need to take. Gradually you will no longer need to turn to food, but do things that are much more beneficial.