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The Surprising Ways Your Surroundings Influence Emotional Eating

We all know what we "should" be eating for optimal health. But have you ever considered how your environment might be sabotaging your best efforts? While we often focus on the food itself when discussing healthy eating, the truth is that our surroundings play a significant role in our relationship with food.


This concept of an "environmental detox" goes beyond just decluttering your pantry. It's about taking a deep dive into the corner of your world – the things, people, and messages you encounter daily –  and assessing their impact on your energy levels, cravings, and ultimately, your food choices.


Is Your Environment Leaving You Zapped? Let's take a look:

  • What are you reading?

  • What podcasts or music are you listening to?

  • Who are you spending time with?

  • What activities dominate your schedule?

  • What kind of work do you do?

These elements, seemingly unrelated to food, can all contribute to feelings of stress, depletion, or negativity. And guess what? When we're feeling drained, food often becomes our go-to for comfort.


Taking Inventory: Declutter Your World, Not Just Your Pantry


The good news: you have the power to create a more supportive environment. Here's how to get started:


Become an Observer: Pay attention to how you feel after engaging with certain things or people. Do the evening news or constant social media scrolling leave you feeling anxious? Does spending time with a particular friend leave you feeling depleted? Awareness is the first step to making changes.

Audit and Adjust: Not everything needs to be tossed out! Maybe it's limiting the news to specific days or finding a different podcast host. Perhaps it's setting better boundaries with a friend, like changing the frequency of your conversations.

Embrace Small Shifts: You don't have to overhaul your entire life overnight. Start with one or two small adjustments and see how they impact your energy and overall well-being.

A Real-Life Example: Setting Boundaries Without Drama


Let's say you have a family member whose daily calls leave you feeling drained.  Instead of cutting them off completely, try introducing some space gradually.  Start with every other day, then a few times a week. This allows you to recharge without causing unnecessary conflict.  Remember, you have the right to set boundaries that work for you,  and they can be implemented subtly.


The Power of Awareness


Simply recognizing what drains your energy is a huge step forward. It empowers you to create a plan to take back control of your environment.  When your surroundings support you, it becomes easier to make mindful choices about food and break the cycle of emotional eating.


This Week's Challenge: Embrace the Environmental Detox


Take some time this week to reflect on your environment. Notice where you're spending your time and energy, and consider where adjustments might be helpful.  Remember, it's all about creating a world that serves you, fuels your well-being, and empowers you to make healthier choices.


Ready to learn more about creating a supportive environment for your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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