Emotional Eating & Making a Change

I've always said I am an emotional eater.  I eat when I'm happy, I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I'm stressed...you get the picture.  I like to eat.  Food makes me feel good.  Food is comforting.  It's a reward when I'm celebrating, it's a keeper of secrets when I'm feeling down, it keeps me company when I'm bored.  It's always around.  

I'm not sure when or how this relationship with food began, but it's held it's grip for years and it's not been a healthy relationship.  I've been working hard to not reward myself or my children for that matter, with food.  It's tough, but we're making progress.  For over a year now, I've been making a steady change from processed foods to healthy clean eating and whole foods.  It's more work, yes.  But, it's worth it!  Good food makes me feel better, look better, and I don't feel guilty the next day.  

So, why do I still crave the junk?  Why do I still go for the chips or ice cream when I'm down?  I know I shouldn't be eating it.  I know it won't help me feel better, but yet, I still put the spoon in my mouth and for a split second, while the ice cold smoothness goes down my throat, all is better.  Just for that split second.  And I guess it's that feeling, that comfort that I crave, that makes me have another spoonful and then another until it's all gone.  And then, I feel empty, just like that bowl.  

I don't do this on a daily basis.  It'd actually been a long time since I found comfort in food and let it take control.  But, it's happened more than once in the past few weeks and it needs to stop.  So, like everything else in my life, I'm writing it down.  

I will stop being an emotional eater.  I won't allow myself to find comfort in food, more specifically Doritos and ice cream (not eaten together, of course).  We all have the power to change.  We can all make the right choices.  You just have to want it badly enough.  Who's with me?  Anyone else deal with emotional eating?  Here's how I'm working to manage stress-eating.  Won't you join me? Let's rid ourselves of bad eating habits and take control.

  • I will hold myself accountable to my own feelings.  
  • I will write down & cope with my feelings, rather than eat them away.  
  • I will slow down and make good food choices rather than grab something quick and easy (translate: fast food).  
  • I won't keep junk food in the house.
  • I will distract myself with something productive to do rather than give in to temptation.
  • I will not ruin a good workout with bad food.
  • I will not be too hard on myself. 
  • I will take it one day at a time.

How do you cope with emotional eating?  I'd love to hear from you!