Thank you everyone who joined us tonight! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s the recorded webinar. We covered Emotional Eating – what it means and how to break the habit for good – as well as how to raise healthy kids who have a good relationship with food.
This week’s homework:
- Write a list of enjoyable non-food-related activities. These should be short, fun little things you can do as an alternative to eating when you need a break or want to relax but are not hungry. Keep your list in a visible place and pick something off the list to do when you’re tempted to eat out of habit, stress, or boredom.
- Practice the emotional eating 4-step strategy: Stop, breath, reflect, and choose. When a craving strikes, follow these four steps so you can see if you really want to indulge, or if you’d be satisfied doing something else instead.
- If you struggle with emotional eating, add an “emotion” column to your food record so you can record how you’re feeling along with what you eat. For example, if your after-dinner snack is out of habit, not hunger, you could write next to it “not hungry, just eating out of habit” or if you eat candy all afternoon at the office you could say “bored.” This will give you insight into your own emotional eating patterns and “triggers.”
- Do your grocery shopping & food prep. Remember, having healthy food ready-t0-go makes you more likely to eat it.
Have a great week and look forward to chatting with you all in the forum!