One of the reasons why diet and weight loss attempts fail is that they don’t address our underlying issues around food.
We may be able to cut out carbs for a while, eat less sugar, follow a rigid food & exercise plan, or give Weight Watchers a whirl, but here’s what usually happens when we get to the end of the program:
We think, “well, now what?!”
Because we still haven’t learned how to cope with overwhelm, deal with stress, work through a hard emotional situation, or cope with the million daily stressors of life.
That’s why learning the art of coping with life without food can be a crucial step on this path!
Emotions are our KEY to unlocking our freedom.
When we can learn to deal with emotions without turning to food, we are well on our way to feeling that freedom we’ve wanted from dieting & binging.
And that’s why I compiled my 3 best resources for ending emotional eating for good! (Grab it below)
In the meantime, take this Emotional Eating Quiz below to gain more awareness around where you currently are.
Remember, it’s just for YOUR own awareness. It’s not to be critical of yourself.
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Emotional Eating Quiz
Go through each question and answer “yes” or “no”. (Tally up every “yes” or “true” answer to each question as one point)
1. When something stresses you out in your day (a boss, a child, your coworker, your mom, etc), your go-to response is to grab a cookie, some chips (aka crisps for the Brits!), a soda (pop), or a piece of candy.
2. You go to a party but aren’t hungry when you arrive. You feel a little bit anxious about making small talk with people. Do you immediately go to the food table to eat or drink so you have something to “do”?
3. It’s 8 pm at night. You’re feeling bored & restless like you don’t know what to do with yourself. You meander into the kitchen, open the fridge & pantry in an attempt to find a snack to eat.
4. When you feel uncomfortable in an outfit, you often find yourself grazing or turning to food to help you feel more comfortable.
5. Does your “me” time typically involve food?
6. When you think of how you cope with hard situations & emotions, you can’t think of anything you regularly do that doesn’t involve food. (Regularly means at least once a week!)
7. Do you think about food more than 50% of your day? (In an obsessive way, not in a “here’s what I’m going to make for dinner” way!)
8. When there is a celebration in your life (or your family’s lives), do your festivities always involve food as a means of celebration?
9. You have a hard time remembering the last time you did absolutely “nothing”. (Meaning…no phone or TV!)
10. Having a rough day significantly impacts your food choices (i.e. when stressed or overwhelmed, you tend to eat more snacks, eat erratically, binge, mindlessly graze, etc)
11. You can easily eat when you’re not hungry, just because food is there.
12. Think to a time when someone has made a critical comment to you about your weight or a hurtful comment about something in your life. Do you usually eat to make yourself feel better?
13. You don’t often take much time for yourself on a regular basis (any kind of self-care activity!)
14. When you need to “reward” yourself, it usually involves a sweet of some kind.
15. Think of the last big stressful event or situation that caused you distress & anxiety. Did you eat over it? (Remember, NO judgment!)
16. When you have a difficult emotion to express, you often find avoid having the conversation or find it extremely difficult to talk about it.
(Tally up every “yes” or “true” answer to each question as one point)
0-5 points: Wow! You’re doing amazing. We should co-teach a webinar together. If you’d like to explore letting go of emotional eating even more, make sure you sign up to get my 3 best resources for ending emotional eating for good!
6-10 points: Give yourself some credit, we all use food occasionally to deal with emotions! If you’d like to explore letting go of emotional eating even more, make sure you sign up to get my 3 best resources for ending emotional eating for good!
11-16 points: Don’t despair! Awareness is key to making changes AND is the step where we all begin. If you’d like to explore letting go of emotional eating even more, make sure you sign up to get my 3 best resources for ending emotional eating for good!