In my work as a psychologist, I help clients every day overcome eating issues, lose weight, beat body image concerns, and adopt a more mindful life. In many cases, I hear the same problem: negative emotions.
These emotions often cause people to eat when they are bored, blue, angry, stressed, or overwhelmed. It makes sense. Eating tones down negative emotions — for the short term. I teach people how to replace the fleeting benefits of stress eating with healthier, mindful alternatives that really work.
Numerous clients have told me that when they become more mindful of their bodies and tune in closely to their emotions, it not only helps with their eating, but it also helps them better enjoy their relationships and jobs.
I like to recommend nine tips from my book, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, a variety of simple practices designed to increase mindfulness. In turn, this can lead to reduced stress, better food choices, and healthy ways to soothe and calm your nerves without any calories.