I learned this trick from my husband. He once told me the elders in his village would say: “Never eat upon returning home for at least 30-60 minutes.” Their reasoning was spiritual, this was a way of self-mastery. When my husband told me about this, I thought about emotional eating, and how for many people who come home from a long day at work, or returned home after seeing friends or family, many times they return home and go straight to the fridge to look for something to eat. They aren’t necessarily hungry, instead they use food to take the edge off, to comfort eat, to distract themselves from their thoughts, or to relieve stress or pressure. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself routinely comfort eating and eating out of emotion, try changing your routine– when you come home from anything, instead of going straight to the fridge, do something else for 30-60 minutes, and then see how you feel (you might not be hungry after all and have actually found a new way of handling your daily stresses!)
If you have ever tried this or did something else to help with emotional eating, let us know what you did and if it worked!
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