Don’t Let Emotions Affect Your Diet
Your emotions can play an important role in your diet, or rather how successful your diet is. As your emotions change, so too will your adherence to your diet. You will want to be aware of how your emotional state can affect your diet’s success; that way you can plan better for those times when your emotions can take over.
How Emotions Become an Excuse
Many people who are trying to stick to a diet will look for any excuse to cheat on their diet just a little. This is a dangerous practice, as it can lead to consistent cheating which then becomes the norm, and the diet falls by the wayside.
You may find yourself saying sometimes that you need to deviate from your diet just a little to celebrate. You may start doing this and suddenly everything is cause for celebration. At that point, feeling good becomes a reason to cheat on your diet.
You have to be careful about how often you allow yourself to deviate from your diet. If every emotional change is a permit to cheat, then you are going to be doing a lot of cheating. Pretty soon, you won’t have a diet at all.
Know Your Weaknesses
A large portion of people are emotional eaters. When they become depressed, they resort to eating ice cream and chocolate. When they are sad, they eat comfort foods that make them feel better temporarily. When they are happy, they don’t want to be held down by the restrictions of their diet.
If you know that this is the kind of person you are and that your diet tends to come and go with your mood, then you need to prepare yourself for the next emotional change. The best way to do that is to limit your options during mood changes.
You do this by making sure your house is stocked with healthy foods. If you have some cake stored in the back of the freezer for special occasions, you may find yourself breaking into that container more often than you would like. It may feel good in the moment, but you will regret it later. It’s better to just keep foods on hand that are consistent with your diet. Or if nothing else, you can just make the unhealthy foods harder to reach. If you must have chips in your house, then place them up high, where you need a chair to reach them. If you must have ice cream or cake, place them in the back of your fridge or freezer, covered up by lots of healthy options.
But generally you want to avoid having them in your home at all. That way you can make sure that you have healthy options available when the mood to eat strikes you.
Don’t Shop When You Are Emotional
You may have heard the advice that it is unwise to shop for groceries when you are hungry. That is when you are more likely to buy lots of food and more likely to buy unhealthy food that you can eat right away. This same advice holds true for when you are emotional. If you are sad or depressed, then you should try to hold off grocery shipping until you feel better. Otherwise, you are going to find yourself with a shopping cart full of comfort food that you will regret later.
The same way that certain music affects your shopping choices so too does your emotional state. That’s why it is a good idea to save your shopping for says where you are bound to be in a good mood, such as on the weekend, when you may be happy to be off work. Of course everyone’s schedule is different, but you should generally aim to do your shopping when you are in a pleasant mood.
This is just as true of eating out. It is a bad idea to attempt to make yourself feel better by going out to eat. If you do feel the need to be cheered up by a dinner out, try to get some friends to accompany you who are aware of your diet. They can encourage you to eat healthy and stay on track with your diet.