One of the tools that I have used extensively in my journey to food freedom is... journaling! For me (and many of my clients) it is a game changer and here's why...
Journaling helps us to express our emotions. Writing helps us validating emotions instead of leaving them unexpressed and stored in our bodies. When we validate our emotions it allows us to process them and reduces their intensity. Journaling also cognitively encourages us to begin analyzing our daily lives and identifying limiting beliefs or self-sabotaging behaviours.
3 Benefits of Journaling for Emotional Eating
It aids in processing emotions. When you become aware of your emotions and write them in your journal it allows the intensity of the emotion to release from your body and onto the paper.
It inserts a pause. It allows you to take a moment to reflect and create awareness
It provides clarity. When you encounter moments that you feel confused and uncertain about your feelings – writing them down can help you tp into your internal world and make a better sense of things.
How to get started
First of all, to receive benefits from journaling you don’t need to write every day. But I do recommend that you do it frequently, which may be a few times per week. The time of day in which your journal is less important than just finding quiet time for reflective thoughts. That may be in the morning or just before bed. No one needs to read what you write (not even you) so let the words flow freely.
I also suggest to go buy yourself something pretty! When you have a journal that you love you're more likely to want to use it!
10 Journal Prompts for Emotional Eating
Why am I eating?
Have I restricted food today?
What is my current relationship with food?
What do I want my relationship with food to be like?
What was I taught about food as a child?
What emotions usually trigger me to eat? (anger, frustration, stress, sadness, loneliness, shame, guilt, confused, overwhelmed, happy)
How do I connect food to my body?
What types of foods do I usually eat when avoiding an emotion?
What do those foods provide me?
What would be more helpful instead of eating?
What to do next...
Any questions? Leave me a comment below.
Get access to our FREE Library stacked with healthy & delicious recipes, meal plans, challenges, on-demand trainings, e-guides and life-changing workbooks! Click here for access!
Come join me in the Nurtured Tribe Facebook Group and get access to exclusive content and trainings. Let's keep in touch!
Need more support? Book your FREE Healthy & Joyful Strategy call today!