If a bulk padlock trip to B&Q isn’t too far from your thoughts, there’s a less dramatic (and cheaper) alternative. “It is super important to remember that being kind to yourself is the most important thing,” nutritionist Julie Montagu advises. “So, if you’re feeling bad and it seems as though that tub of ice cream is the only thing that’s going to boost your mood, then allow yourself that luxury. However, as you’re eating your ice cream, allow yourself to fully feel your emotions and don’t beat yourself up. Just try to remember these feelings next time and encourage yourself to make different choices.” With that in mind, nutritional therapist Karen Alexander shares her top tips to stop comfort eating:
1. Exercise outdoors – This will increase your endorphins and help you feel more energised and active. Even a brisk walk for 20 minutes in the daylight, for example, will support your vitamin D levels and help aid better mood and sleep.
2. Keep your blood sugar balanced – Eating protein, healthy fats and vegetables at every meal will stabilise your blood sugar which will prevent you reaching for sugary snacks as a pick-me-up.
3. Practise being present and recognising your feelings – Many deny how they feel and minimise emotions such as anger thinking they are unacceptable. If you struggle with this, try writing down your feelings or speaking to a professional therapist. Feeling heard is key to feeling less compelled to comfort eat.
4. Seek professional advice – If you need help with what to eat and suspect you could suffer from a condition like candida that is driving your need to eat, why not visit a nutritional therapist for support. There’s no better investment than investing in yourself for your health now and in the future.