Your husband is being a total jerk. Your boss dumped excess work on you. And your daughter’s teacher just called to say she’s been written up for texting during a test.
Really, you don’t know how to deal. As a result, you’ve reached for every comfort food known to man. First, it was a pint of ice cream. Then, the leftover pizza. And finally, you polished off the rest of the chocolate cake.
In truth, you’re in a food coma. “Ugh,” you think. “I might as well just keep eating. What’s the point? I’ve already done myself in.”
You can handle this. And you will. You just have to shift focus to an important concept known as mindful eating.
Mindful eating is becoming aware of emotional eating and the patterns surrounding it. It’s making the decision to take control of eating habits in order to take back your life.
Mindful eating is also about trying to remain in the here and now when you eat, bringing full attention to meals and snacks. This means noticing how food looks, tastes and smells, regulating the pace of your eating, noticing the way your body feels, and knowing your frame of mind.