Emotional eating is something that many men and women suffer from. It is a daily struggle that can leave you upset and filled with shame and guilt. So what exactly is emotional eating and how do you know if you are suffer from this type of unhealthy relationship with food? Emotional eating is the way in which you relate to food. You may have a reliance on food in order to make you feel happier or emotionally satisfied. It is similar to someone who relies on alcohol. You may be having a bad day at work and come home to a messy house. You feel stressed and need something to help take away the negative emotions. Therefore you turn toward food.

If you have a reliance on food, the first thing to remember is that you are not alone. Many people all over the world struggle to obtain a healthy relationship with food. You maybe wondering how you can gain a sense of freedom from the control of food and move on with your life.

The first step is making the decision to change your thoughts and actions in regards to food. Emotional eating is not based on the food itself, rather the thoughts you have about food. This means your way of thinking must change. There are several ways that this can be done. It is important to note that not all the changes have to be done immediately. Work through a emotional eating program at your own speed. Today, all you have to do is make the decision to start.

The next step is to find a non-diet approach to weight loss. Although you will begin a healthy relationship with food, this does not mean that you want to continue to stay overweight. The desire to lose weight will still be there. You just need to find a healthy and natural way to lose weight. By using a non-diet approach, you will learn to listen to your body. When you do this, you will be able to instinctively know when and what to eat. Your body signals will go off when you are full. Weight loss occurs by eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full.

The desire to emotional eat will still be there. Once you have started the non-diet approach, it is important to begin finding alternative behaviors to your overeating. This can be done by having a list of non-food related activities that can bring about the same type of positive feelings as food did. When you feel the urge to emotionally eat, you can engage in one of these activities. This will soon become second nature to you.

You have the ability to choose a new frame of mind towards food. Take the next few moments to think about your relationship with food. Is now the right time to make a change? Who will be the next person you tell about this change? Who will be your support? What will happen if you make this change? You will know by your answers if you are ready. Take charge of your life and your eating.

Author's Bio: 

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