Do you eat when you are sad, lonely, angry, stressed or bored? Do you use food to reward yourself? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be an emotional eater. Since controlling your diabetes means also controlling your diet, emotional eating can really derail your health. Here are six tips to help.
1. Question whether your are really hungry.
Do you crave that brownie because of hunger or because you had a bad day? Wouldn’t reaching for a healthier snack also satisfy hunger?
2. Find a different way to channel your emotions.
If you are lonely or sad, call a friend. If you are angry, try a kickboxing video. If you are bored, get out of the house and find an activity. it is important to recognize that you are eating because of emotions and that there are other ways to deal with those emotions.
3. Practice conscious eating.
Don’t eat in front of the TV or computer. Concentrate on what you are eating. Enjoy each mouthful, and it will become easier for you to recognize when you are full.
4. Avoid having junk food in the house.
If you need to keep snacks for children, stock up on pretzels, fat-free popcorn, fruits and vegetables with low-fat dip. The easiest way to avoid temptation is to keep fatty snacks out of the house.
5. Rely on a buddy.
Choose a close friend or relative and confide in this person that you eat to make yourself feel better. When you sense you are going to slip, call the friend for moral support. Keep the friend’s number on you fridge!
6. Find new ways to treat yourself.
Buy a new outfit or book, take a relaxing bath, learn a new hobby — do anything but eat. Food is to keep you healthy. It is not a reward.
Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, talk to the pharmacist at Parkway Pharmacy.