This Influencer Says Accepting Her Emotional Eating Was the Answer to Finally Finding Food Balance
"I think I'll continue to be an emotional eater for the rest of my life."
If you've ever turned to food as a quick fix after feeling sad, lonely, or upset, you're not alone. Emotional eating is something we all fall victim to from time to time-and fitness influencer Amina wants you to stop feeling embarrassed about it.
Amina's weight-loss journey started after her first pregnancy when she found Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide program. The program helped kick-start her 50-pound weight loss-but she still struggled with her emotional dependence on food.
In an inspiring new Instagram post, the young mom opened up about how she finally learned to embrace the fact that she's an emotional eater, and how that acceptance helped her to find healthier ways of coping. (Related: The Not-So-Secret Truth About Emotional Eating)
"I will always love food," Amina wrote alongside a before and after picture of herself. "I mean what's not to love right!? But what I don't enjoy is the struggle to find balance with food."
"To be honest, I think I'll continue to be an emotional eater for the rest of my life," she wrote. "Everyone has their vice, whether it's smoking, drinking, chronic exercise, shopping, you name it, there are enough bad habits out there for everyone. I eat when I'm sad, happy, anxious, bored and use food to fill a void that can never be filled. The panic and depression that hits after you eat something you know you didn't even enjoy, want, or need is truly the worst." (Related: How Running Can Curb Your Cravings)
Over the past two years, however, Amina has dug deeper to learn why she eats emotionally and found ways to control her urges, she shared. "I've learned to recognize the reasons or emotions behind my food troubles and have tried to make behavioral changes to combat those urges," she wrote. "I drink tons of water, meal prep, go for quick walks, eat more slowly, keep my sugar intake low, chew gum, and eat my meals without electronic distractions." (Related: How to Make Mindful Eating a Part of Your Regular Diet)
And while each day brings new challenges for Amina, she gets better equipped to deal with them over time. "I know myself a little bit better now and have become a little bit stronger each day," she wrote. (Related: Why You Should Give Up Restrictive Dieting Once and for All)
Amina's post reminds us that the more you try to control emotional eating, the more it ends up controlling you. It's better to allow yourself to have a bowl of ice cream from time to time without letting yourself feel guilty about it-while keeping in mind that there are other ways to cope with your emotions as well. You just have to find what works for you.