I was inspired to talk about this by a chat I had with Fit Fam member, Angie in episode 10 of the Fit Life With MJ Podcast. You can find it here: https://www.mjfitlife.com.au/podcast/
We touched on how to stop turning to comfort foods so that you can take control of your energy levels, health & weight.
I struggled with comfort eating for years, and always felt defeated when I’d have a good run of being healthy, only to ruin it in one go.
I tried so hard to tell myself “just don’t do it” but I could never help myself in the moment and always took it too far.
For me, it was when I was going through my phase of heavily restricting calories. My comfort eating became more from desperation because I’d been so strict all week and held so much guilt around eating anything deemed ‘unhealthy’ which made me want it more.
So I’d restrict heavily all week then go crazy on weekends when I decided I’d allow other foods in.
But always over did it, could never see progress with my bodyfat and always wound up feeling like crap.
It took me years, but here’s what I’ve learned in the process to getting control of my eating:
1️⃣ Undereating was making my body want carbs, sugars and fatty foods more, simply for the energy! The cravings were constant. So eating the amount of calories my body needs has helped 100%. I no longer feel drained of energy and have stopped needing those foods to pick me up
2️⃣ I started paying more attention to how crappy the processed sugary foods were making me feel and appreciated how much better I felt eating nutritious foods. It took a while but I now prefer not to put processed sugar in my mouth and don’t feel like I’m missing out if I don’t have it.
3️⃣ If I’m feeling down, I know that turning to unhealthy food is only going to make me feel worse so I no longer want it. I seek other things to feel better like getting out for a walk. Or if I do want something sweet, I make sure its natural and healthy so I keep feeling good. Processed carbs & sugars increase inflammation, make you feel tired and slow fatloss too, so eating healthier sweet foods can still help you with your fitness goals! (As log as they are within your daily calorie needs).
Now, I am in complete control of my health and don’t feel like a victim to food.
Keep paying attention to how the unhealthy foods make you feel worse, you’ll stop wanting them and gain back control too.
I hope this helps you as much as it helps me and the Forever Fit Fam.
Love & Fitness, Coach MJ xx