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Tips to Avoid Overeating

Do you turn to food when you’re tired, bored, or frustrated, even when you’re not hungry? I understand because I’ve been there too. I spent years dieting to control my weight in the hopes that I’d be more loveable, successful, and happy if I were thin enough.  Those days are long gone and I’m living proof that it’s possible to create your most authentic, happiest and healthiest life, leaving food guilt and body shame behind for good.

Sometimes we overeat in response to stressful feelings and situations. Maybe you needed a way to cope and food made you feel better so it became your way to relieve stress. It’s frustrating to see the pattern and not know how to change it.

Keep these tips in mind to avoid overeating.

1. Understand your biology

Physical hunger is felt in the body. Many different physical cues can tell you you’re experiencing hunger. For instance, a change in mood, energy level, experiencing headaches, feeling spaced out, and thoughts about food can mean that you’re experiencing hunger. Tune into your body and its signals.

2. Avoid strict food rules

Do you have a list of off-limits foods? When you eat these foods, do you think, “The damage is done, so why not eat it all?” I’ve been there before, and I know what it’s like to feel out of control around certain foods.

3. Practice self-care

It’s crucial that our basic needs are being met. Many of my clients felt their needs weren’t as important as others’ needs. Maybe you have to look after other people, whether it’s an ageing parent or a child. If you don’t meet your needs, you can’t possibly have the energy to take care of others. Practicing self-care is important, and you need to find options that work for you. Just learning to pause, acknowledge what you’re feeling and then ask, “What do I need right now?” is invaluable. The more we question and recognize what we need, the easier it becomes to identify what self-care looks like.

4. Avoid using food to handle your emotions

For some of us, eating relieves boredom or distracts us from painful feelings. Food provided us with comfort and safety, and it became our preferred coping mechanism. Learning ways to help you self-soothe or process emotions can help you avoid overeating.

Intuitive eating can help you enhance your life and achieve true wellness by focusing on your body’s needs rather than on how it looks.

Stephenie Farrell

Stephenie helps women striving to achieve the perfect body feel empowered to create their most authentic, happiest and healthiest life, leaving food guilt and body shame behind for good.

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