Stress Eating & Emotional Fatigue

I once wrote about giving into my fatigue at the airport and eating a bagel when I wasn’t hungry. Everyone eats for emotional and stress relief reasons occasionally. That’s NOT what gets you in trouble.

It’s the constant, dimly conscious, reactive eating that keeps occurring time and time again that will put on weight.

Let’s face it – some people are barely aware of their own existence, much less their eating habits!

It’s what you do AFTER the emotional eating that matters most. If you berate yourself, it often sets off another whole storm of emotions – guilt, anger, self hatred, defeat, hopelessness, etc. that then have to be dealt with (and often lead to more emotional eating.)

If you allow it to continue, then a brief lapse into emotional eating can turn into several days of semi-binging.

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What’s Your Biggest Trigger?
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For me, it’s emotional fatigue. Let me explain . . .

If I’m home at night and I’m simply tired from the day, then I don’t overeat.

Why?

Because I know I’m going to get what I need soon (sleep!)

I may eat a yogurt before I go to bed . . . I may go to bed early, but I don’t overeat.

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Emotional Fatigue Is Different
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It’s more complicated.  Sitting at the airport involved more than simple tiredness.

It was all the emotions of the trip, seeing old friends, seeing all the changes and experiencing the messy mixed feelings about having moved away. It was an emotionally-charged trip, and it was a lot to handle. It all hit me as I sat down at the gate.

THAT is when the urge to eat came over me.

The BEST thing I could have done would have been to start tapping (EFT.) The emotions would have surfaced right away, and I could have handled them quickly. Even though I often tap in airports while I’m waiting, it never occurred to me to tap then.

That’s one reason it’s important to make tapping a practice. Because I had been  traveling, I was out of my routines, which is usually a good thing 🙂

But how easily we forget to use the tools that are available to us!

If you have the urge to eat, and you aren’t hungry, tap!

You can ALWAYS go get food if you still want it.

Watch out for emotional fatigue – fatigue packed with emotion! It’s as easy to unpack as it is to unpack a suitcase.

You just have to remember to start!

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Psychologist, Master Certified Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner. She is one of the world’s leading experts in using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help people lose weight without dieting, stop binge eating, and reduce anxiety and stress. She is the author of 4 Books on Emotional Freedom Techniques, the EFT Tips Newsletter, the Binge Eating Teleseminar and the EFT Weight Loss CD. Carol has a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.