1. Turn around your desire for emotional eating. By viewing the "why" for emotional eating and really looking at it truthfully, you can see how unhelpful it is in the long term. Even in the short term, it is likely keeping you from true action. To turn this around, simply find compelling reasons to focus more of your attention on other more empowering actions. If you feel stuck and only feel able to cope with your stress through distraction, realize that there is ALWAYS some small empowering action to take in the direction of courageousness and truth. Eating excessively is a way to escape our inner desire for change. This desire is always with some kind of applicable choice for us to take in the moment. It may be to confront the emotion directly or to start a project that you've been putting off. Either way, there is the ability to make powerful progress in the same moment that you could be eating. Just one step forward, when you've been avoiding something altogether, can move mountains and bring you closer to your true potential. Remember, the things we feel to be the most difficult are sometimes magnified in our minds in a way that we feel "sure" about it's difficulty and truthfulness. Remove those inner limitations today, or whenever you choose to be right for yourself, by just taking that one step forward.
2. Amplify your reasons for moving forward by considering how good you'd feel during and after. Imagine how exhilerated and empowered you'll feel if you do move forward on something you've been worrying about and suppressing through emotional eating. How much greater will that feeling be than the "excitement" of eating to numb yourself. Even if you take all appropriate action, at least from your understanding, but you don't get the "goal" or the solution that you felt you needed, you'll be much more in a position to truly let it go and naturally dissolve emotional eating. When you've already made the choices you've been putting off and overeating to avoid, how many reasons are there for you to still turn to emotional eating? That's not to say that you won't feel stress if it doesn't work out in your favor but it will likely propel you to step 3, which is still empowering.
3. Reshape your perception and viewpoint of the issue. Try to see a more well-rounded view toward your stressful situation. Do you know for a fact that you're interpretation and level of importance you're attributing to it is completely accurate? If not, why act as if you do. A wonderful technique for releasing our hold on our beliefs, which can potentially turn around your need to emotionally eat, is The Work by Byron Katie. It is a set of questions that can have miraculous effects when answered truthfully.
In addition, The Sedona Method is a wonderful way to quickly release any negative emotion you're carrying about the issue. You can literally free yourself from a lifetime of stress related "programs" that have been influencing you to over-eat etc. by learning and practicing this technique. If you try learning the three questions, and cannot seem to do it correctly, you can try just noticing the feeling and saying "yes" to it. This is a technique from The Release Technique, which is very similar to the Sedona Method but taught in a somewhat different style. By saying yes to your feelings and actually feeling them fully, you are essentially giving them more room to release, which can result in you letting them go.
If you feel up to the task and want to feel truly empowered, jumping straight to letting go and taking inspired action toward dealing with the issue you are suppressing with eating, which often takes courage in the beginning, can propel you from emotional eating to the amazing potential you have within you.
Additionally, you can take tonic herbs and superfoods. While I've suggested this in numerous blog posts, their effects are applicable in many situations and are likely one of the most powerful tools for anyone to really change their way of thinking.
Many times, people emotionally eat because they feel stuck. According to well-known herbalist Ron Teeguarden, this can be do to liver issues, as the liver/gallbladder is associated with empowering qualities like decisiveness. When we start taking tonic herbs associated with liver health, like Schizandra and Reishi, this can begin to shift and decisiveness and clarity can re-emerge. In addition, both of these herbs have powerful Shen, or spirit, qualities and help to promote higher awareness. This quality alone can make it easier to see beyond your own stressful way of thinking if you are dealing with emotional eating. Reishi, for example, is even suggested to help release suppressed emotions. Because of that, I feel that they are two important and powerful herbs for most people dealing with emotional eating, though everyone is different. We offer both of these herbs in extract form at our online store and ship them quickly and inexpensively.
Whether you take tonic herbs or not, you have the ability to move past emotional eating and into empowerment.