Lindsey Smith is the author, health coach, speaker, and food blogger behind Food Mood Girl. Best known for her books Food Guilt No More and Eat Your Feelings, Lindsey enjoys creating recipes that not only taste good, but help improve your mental and emotional well-being. Yes, that includes cookies, too. Lindsey spends her free time hanging in her hometown of Pittsburgh with her husband and adorable rescue dog, Winnie Cooper.
What we talked about in this episode:
- Reasons why we start to eat our feelings.
- Reclaiming what it means to be an emotional eater.
- In Lindsey's book she gives food solutions to eat according to your mood.
- She suggests creating a snack-attack station at home.
- When you are hangry you are depleted of nutrients.
Signs of being hangry:
1. Low blood sugar
2. Hormones feeling out of whack
3. Fight or flight mode has kicked in.
4. Brain fog not thinking clearly
7. Nothing satisfies you
Common Reasons for Emotional Eating:
1. Stressed out
3. Being Unprepared
4. Dieting trends
5. Seasonal Changes
Tips to Combat Emotional Eating
- Feel the feelings you have.
- Go To a space to process your feelings
- Talk to a therapist.
- Stop and ask yourself, what are you really hungry for?
- What do you need emotionally?
- You need to address your feelings.
- Recognize self sabotage.
- Allowing yourself to feel feelings good or bad.
- Things could actually be going well but you either feel uncomfortable with that or unworthy of that, so you sabotage it.
- Trauma triggered within us that occurred at the weight we were at before..such as sexual assault, post traumatic stress, eating to hide or cover up the shame.
Self Sabotage Tips:
If you have suffered some sort of a trauma: Seeking out counseling, talk Therapy, a holistic health coach, and or a naturopath can be healing in these situations.
Half the battle is recognizing when you have a problem.
Dropping the stigma around needing help and taking the necessary steps to get it.
Briging your body and or hormones into balance.
Getting proper sleep.
Letting Go of Food Guilt:
- Shifting the way we think and feel about food.
- Being able to go into eating food with a healthy mindset
- Setting yourself free from a deprivation mind-set.
- Letting go of judgement around food.
- Looking at food as food neither good nor bad.
- Savoring your food.
- Planning a treat or cheat.
- Crowd out unhealthy choices by eating more healthy filling foods.
- Educating yourself in the kitchen.
- Having fun around food.
- Self Acceptance.
- Hiring someone to help you navigate.
- Cravings are the gate-keepers to what your body really needs
- When your craving something sweet it might mean you need less stress, more sleep, balance, maybe less red meat. Nutrients you may need are fresh berries and more leafy greens
- When craving caffeine you may need energy and need to incorporate it through the foods you eat.
- When feeling overly stressed you may need to start including foods that are grounding like turnips, sweet potatoes, or carrots.
- Lindsey breaks cravings down in her new book Eat Your Feelings be sure to check it out anywhere books are sold.
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