8 Ways to Stop Emotional Eating

Put the fork down! Don’t let emotional eating interfere with your diabetes management. These tips will help curb your cravings.

Susan Amoruso
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Gross yourself out. You may be surprised by the ingredients in some of your favorite foods. For example, did you know that jelly beans are coated with shellac, derived from secretions of the lac bug? And that ice cream and candy bars may contain carmine, a red food coloring from boiled beetles. The point isn’t to make yourself totally squeamish, but to think about what you’re putting in your body. Perhaps a piece of washed fruit or crunchy veggies are better bets.

Calm yourself without calories. Putting an end to emotional eating means finding a new way to calm yourself and cope with your emotions. Experiment with a few relaxation techniques, including writing in a journal, meditating or doing yoga.

Reach out for help.
Food won’t erase your emotions or fix your problems. If you’re chronically depressed, stressed or anxious, you may need to seek help from a healthcare professional or a support group.

April 2013