It’s a new year but do you have the same resolution? Sticking to a quick weight loss diet plan can be tough. Trust me, I’ve been there. At my heaviest, I was 295 pounds and for years I made it my New Year’s resolution to lose weight. It wasn’t until I changed my thinking around the word diet did I succeed with the weight loss. I believe, to be successful, it’s important to focus on making lasting lifestyle changes and on our overall health. It’s a holistic approach. Anything that is temporary will never bring you the change you are looking for. And let’s be honest everyone knows how to lose weight. Stop eating unnatural processed foods, eat whole foods as nature intended, turn off the T.V. and go out and do something active! Simple, right? But not easy to implicate because in my opinion weight loss is 90% mental.
Anyone who is struggling with their weight needs to look at why. What is it that makes you turn to food for comfort? What does keeping the weight on afford you to do? Learning to no longer turn to food for comfort is the real issue. Because it’s not comforting! Dealing with your emotions and finding other outlets is the key to successful long term weight loss and health. Practicing mindful eating is one of the most helpful tools I used with my 130-pound weight loss. Mindful eating is being able to determine what emotion is driving your desire to eat. Are you sad, lonely, bored, angry, shameful, or feeling any other emotion? Typically, with emotional eating, we are not craving foods that are healthy but junk foods that are high in sugar, salt and trans-fats.
Mindful eating is not just about looking at your emotions but listening to your body cues when you are hungry and when you are full. Sitting down for your meals and taking the time to saviour and enjoy the food you are eating is a great mindful practice. When you are eating on the run, you are not allowing your body to relax and move into digestion mode. This not only affects your health but your waistline.
Part of emotional eating is due to imbalanced blood sugar. When you’ve reached that hangry (hunger + angry) stage you will eat anything that crosses your path. Balancing your blood sugar can help with cravings and help you make healthier choices.
Your Emotional Eating Tips:
Check-in with your emotions that may be driving your desire to eat. Then journal, meditate or go for a walk. If you’re really keen do all three!
Balance blood sugar by eating every 3 hours. Including a bit of protein in your snacks is key. Ie. Hard-boiled eggs, almond butter with celery sticks, hummus and veggies slices.
Drinking with 2-3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar diluted in an 8 oz glass of water about 20 minutes before your meal has been shown to help balance blood sugar, aid weight loss and improve digestion.
Cinnamon is known to help regulate blood sugar. You can add it to your morning smoothie or sprinkle on some apple slices.
Seek professional help. A nutritional consultant can help you with a meal plan that suits your lifestyle and prepare you to avoid those hangry moments. Additionally, working through your emotions with a registered counsellor is an invaluable tool that I believe more people should utilize.
Anything is possible with the right mindset. I'm living proof and you can be too!