Comfort Eating Toolkit

The Comfort Eating Toolkit is a guide to self help tools you can use to support yourself through a phase of wanting of stress and anxiety.

There any many different ways to help yourself and different ones will work at different types, so please view this as a selection of ideas that you keep and use as needed.

Communication

Under the banner of communication, there are a number of things you can do. First, and perhaps most obvious even if uncomfortable is talking to those who are stressing you out or making you anxious. So often, we hold beliefs about what the other person is thinking or doing that we hold a bias of “we know what they mean”. Experience shows me time and time again, this is often not the case. Once a misunderstanding is clarified, the rest is easy.

Sometimes I need a “sound check” I talk it out with someone to get an objective view. Just the process of speaking it brings clarity and understanding. It helps to find the way forward. On other occasions, I will write it out because my thoughts are a jumble and I need to sort them. In the case of comfort eating, I write the situation,the emotions and even what I eat. I do this to identify what my triggers are, so that if they happen again I recognise them quickly.

Laughter

If you can laugh with someone or even by yourself, it brings your anxiety down and you can cope more easily. Watch a good TV programme or video that you know will make you laugh. Alternatively, do something that makes you laugh. When I was travelling a lot and often stuck in traffic jams, I would carry a bottle of bubbles in the car. When we were all stuck in traffic, I would wind my window down and blow bubbles out of my window. It is so funny to watch all these grumpy people see bubbles going past their windows. Their faces make me laugh and dissolve my traffic stress instantly.

Positive Language and Mindset

We all know how it is when we think “Oh great I love this” compared to “Oh no I hate this”. Self talk can take us in either direction, so monitor the words you use and the context you use them in. Listen to yourself for a day and hear what you say. For example, would you really “kill for” a coffee or a piece of chocolate? Yet this is a commonplace saying. Say “I Should” and you load burden and responsibility onto yourself; say “I Could” and it’s totally different.

The Comfort Eating Toolkit helps you address many different areas of your life and perhaps you will need different tools at different times

Breaking Bad Habits

My family reward was chocolate and sweets, it still is. It is hard to break lifelong habits but find different rewards – a bath in the middle of the day, a magazine, a bunch of flowers, seeing a friend the list is endless! But it is possible. With addictive sugary products you have to break the craving as well as the habit so use cinnamon and homeopathic remedies to support yourself. Create new routines too, change things up!

Eating / drinking because everyone else does…Are you a sheep do you always follow the crowd? Make your own choice – the one that works for you.

Loneliness / Unhappiness create a void and it is easy to stuff that void with food. It may be harder but in the long term, it is better to look at what is not right for you and change it. I do not dismiss either of these emotions they are hard but change comes from within. The power is within you. In these instances, you may need extra support to work through what is going on. A Homeopathic consultation is a great start and offers you unbiased support and guidance.

Mindful Eating

This is a powerful practice. You will be amazed by how much difference it makes when you really observe, appreciate and take time over your food. You notice how it actually tastes, you are aware of textures, flavours and how it feels to eat that food. If you try it I guarantee it will surprise you

Stress

I have written various articles on stress which are linked below. Stress is part of modern life but it can be managed. Must it be you that does everything? Can you delegate? Is your reaction justified? Or are you worrying over something that may not happen? Remember 95% of what we worry about never happens! I hope that you have found The Comfort Eating Toolkit useful I would love to hear your comments and experiences.