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Are you a tired, emotional eater? You're not alone!

Rachael Archer - Thursday, October 05, 2017

Scroll through social media these days, and chances are you'll see a post or meme about mums and their need to drink wine to get through the day! 

I totally get it - never-ending nappy changes, struggling to get your kids to sleep, toddler tantrums, etc - some days can be pretty challenging! 

Throw in lack of sleep and it's the perfect state for craving wine... Or chocolate... Or whatever it may be for you! 

(It's always been chocolate for me!)

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After getting some great results with weight loss earlier this year, I recently found myself slipping into old habits - feeling tired or overwhelmed and reaching for the chocolate straight away. 

After a couple of weeks of this, I knew I had to reign it in! 

But how exactly do you do that? 

Here's what worked for me: 

1. Being aware. You can't make any changes if you don't know that you're doing it! 

2. Get real, Rach! Overdosing on chocolate everyday is going to completely derail any progress I may have made. Plus, I don't actually need the chocolate. It became an automatic thing to supposedly "de-stress" me, but after I ate the chocolate, the thing that was stressing me out in the first place remained. It wasn't an actual solution! 

3. I understood what was really going on. I was feeling tired or emotional and I needed to focus on fixing that first! 

4. I did something else. Instead of grabbing chocolate, I replaced it with some stretching and a nice warm shower. What could it be for you?

5. I surrounded myself with good choices. If you only have healthy food at home, you'll only eat healthy food. If you have treats in your cupboard, sooner or later, they will be eaten! 

Cooking some healthy meals!

6. But I allowed a little indulgence here and there! I have 2 squares of dark chocolate every night. It's my little indulgence. But that's where it ends (except for when it's date night)! It's important to treat yourself every now and then so that you don't feel deprived and binge in moments of weakness. 

So that's what's worked for me, to help me curb my emotional eating! 

It's normal to be tired and emotional at the end of a long day, but there are empowering ways to help overcome it. If you've been struggling with tired or emotional eating, I encourage you to find out what works for you, too xx

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