Emotional eaters rarely know how to relax. We make no time to just chill on a regular basis — a part of the day where we can slow down and zone out of energy-bunny mode.
Energy-bunny mode is a definite trigger. Your body can’t stay there for too long before it wants relief. And when we don’t get it, we end up at the refrigerator scraping goat cheese off of Saran Wrap. Remember: Lack of Self-Care = Goat Cheese Off Of Saran Wrap (tweet it!)
TV chills me out really well. I’m down with The X Factor, Girls, Portlandia, and nothing works faster than a Friends rerun. It gets me out of my head and calms me down (and bonus points for making me laugh). I’m not a TV junkie, and I don’t associate TV with food (another article, for another time), so it’s an appropriate way for me to wind down without ordering Chinese food for no reason.
If TV causes it’s own problems for you, think of other ways to get that “zoned out, chilled out” feeling that do not involve food. Magazines? Music? Books? (although, enough with the self-help; it’s great when needed, but be weary of trying too hard or thinking too much food). A little fiction never hurt anyone. I think I lost 5 lbs when I discovered Twilight.