The term “busy” is an understatement for full time moms. We always must make sure that everyone and everything is in order. I’ve learned that when chaos is present, I usually tend to pick up of food. Not necessarily because I’m hungry, but because I’m stressed. I’m an emotional eater, I can admit that, hence the struggle to get rid of the excess “baby weight”. I really need to stop calling it baby weight, my children are 8 and 5, they are no longer babies, but I digress.
Being an emotional eater does not have to control our lives once we learn how to combat and defeat it. Here are some helpful tips I’m striving to master:
1) Eat balanced meals. Protein satisfies hunger, so try lean protein in each meal. This does not necessarily mean we have to eat meat at each meal. Try options such as a hardboiled egg or yogurt.
2) Try not to skip meals. I know that when things are chaotic, it can be difficult to eat something nutritious. This is where snacking comes in. Try a small apple or orange when you are strapped for time.
3) GET UP FROM THE COMPUTER OR DESK when eating. Excuse me for yelling (this is a constant reminder for me as well). Get away from the very thing causing the stress or unwelcomed emotion. Take a walk and accompany that with a handful of almonds.
When we understand why we eat, making healthier food choices can be a little bit easier. Here’s to healthier eating!