Woman Looking in a RefrigeratorEmotional EatingIs Your Refrigerator Your Therapist? 
By: Kitty Bradshaw

When you’re in pain, stressed out, or feeling moody does food offer you solace during difficult times? If you’re like me the refrigerator can be your temporary personal savior.

At that moment of rock bottom, carbs appear to cure heartbreak, loneliness, and financial crisis. In actuality we end up feeling worse behind all the emotional eating and weight gain.Today, I pose the question: Are the problems still there once you’ve completed the meal? If you’ve answered yes let’s consider an alternative. We all go through times of adversity and some pitfalls are larger than others.

Here is what has worked for me through the years:

Face what is Bothering You:icon3 Talk to a friend or simply write it down on a piece of paper. Once you get over the initial shame, shock, and/or trauma- FACE IT by getting it by acknowledging that it exist, then get it all out!

icon2Create a + Defense: Once you acknowledge your problem, take baby steps towards getting back to your happy place. Take 5 minutes out of your day to focus on your passions. Read a book, call a friend, knit a scarf, etc. Focus on you for those 5 minutes, then increase it by 10 every time you are able to just lose yourself in something constructive other than eating.

icon1Exercise Your Mind and Body: Physical activity least to mental activity. Exercise helps to release the negative energy, stress, and physical slump on the couch. It boost your energy and puts you in a positive frame of mind. Like emotional eating, the problems will still be there but through the process the depression starts to lift.
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