Are you an emotional eater?

Do you struggle with food cravings? Then you know how difficult they are to resist. The powerful urge that drives you to splurge on your favorite forbidden food can make you feel like a puppet on a string! Well Guess what? We all have these same issues to some degree. You are not alone!

Maybe you think you lack willpower or self-discipline. Maybe you feel that if you just tried a little harder, you could resist these cravings. None of this is true, it is time to make peace with food and make food your friend. Yes, you can have this and release the shackles of dieting which make you depressed, causes deprivations feelings and worst of all rebound weight gain. Get back to your roots and trust your own intuition and change your relationship with food and change your life.

Here are 12 steps to stop emotional eating:

1. Make a Commitment. It’s time to make a commitment to yourself. Just write it down and say it all day long if you have to, something like, “I am committed to me!”

2. Keep a Journal. This helps you become acutely aware of what you are putting in your body and the emotions attached to what you are eating and drinking. Jot down how you are feeling before and after you eat.

3. Manage your stress. Healthy emotional distress management is an important life skill. Positive ways to reduce stress include regular exercise, relaxation techniques and getting support from family and friends.

4. Drink lots of pure water. Take your body weight, divide it in two and that is how many ounces of pure water you drink daily

5. Move Your Mass. Yes, you read that correctly. Constant movement daily is your body’s right. Get movement throughout your day by including squats while you cook, stretch while you brush your teeth, lunge to your car, run up the steps. Having a personal trainer to teach you how to move is not only a lot of fun and will keep you accountable and teach you what you need to do specifically for your body.

6. Use healthy distraction. Instead of overeating, take a walk, surf the Internet, pet your cat or dog, listen to music, enjoy a warm bath, read a good book, watch a movie, work in the garden or talk to a friend.

7. Start eating healthier. When you eat for health you’ll choose more high fiber foods, such as vegetables, beans, whole grains and fresh fruits, plus healthy high protein foods, like fish, lean poultry and low-fat dairy.

8. Eat mini-meals often. By eating 5 or 6 small healthy meals a day, including breakfast, you help keep your blood sugar and moods stable.

9. Get rid of temptations. Don’t keep unhealthy food in the house, don’t shop for food when hungry or stressed and plan ahead before eating out.

10. Tap Away the Emotions. I will show you how you can use this simple technique which is in your fingertips to literally tap away your emotions and stop cravings. Tune in on tonight’s Mini Weight Loss Masterclass to learn how to get the Free Emotional Freedom Technique.

11. Practice mindfulness. Mindful eating means paying attention to the act of eating and observing your thoughts and feelings in the process.

12. Get some support. It’s easier to control emotional eating if you have a support network of friends or family. And if no one you know is supportive, then look for a professional nutritional consultant to help you.

Learning how to stop emotional eating and overeating is a life-changing experience. Just make sure to stay on track and enjoy the journey.