12 Days of Fitness 2018: Day 5 – 21 Ways to Combat Emotional Eating

(This is part 5 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful health and fitness tips over the holiday season)

Emotional eating is a term for eating as a way to deal with stress by consuming excess food, alcohol, drugs, or other addictive agents.  It may be an unhealthy way of dealing with depression, negative emotions, or something that is toxic in your life. If you suffer from emotional eating, awareness of the issue is where it starts.  Just as a habit takes 21 days to conquer, you too can overcome if you suffer from emotional eating.

Some ways to deal with emotional eating include:

1 Exercise or find a new form of exercise.
2 Start new hobby that you enjoy
3 Learn how to sing a song using ASL Sign Language or another language
4 Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
5 Have a pet.
6 Clean your house or organize your closet
7 Reserve time for a massage
8 Volunteer for a cause that you are passionate about.
9 Go with a friend, or alone in a crowd, to your local coffee establishment.
10 Take a walk outside.
11 Start a garden.
12 Write fiction or nonfiction that you are passionate about.
13 Spend time with a new friend.
14 Call an out-of-town friend after a hard day at work.
15 Make new contacts at your usual hangouts, work, or the gym.
16 Write a list of your gratefulness.
17 Take a class at your local library or park district on some new subject, and make a decision to find new friends.
18 Say no to unproductive activities.
19 Listen to music that is motivating or brings joy to you.
20 Stretch in the morning and the evening.
21 Don’t beat yourself up. The sooner you realize your mistake, the faster you can make a change.

Habits take time to form and to change.  Trying something new or different is not always successful but another opportunity to work toward your obstacle. When you keep on trying, you will succeed.

See you tomorrow for Day 6 of the 12 Days of Fitness

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.


Just in case, here’s what you might have missed:

Day #1 – Weight Loss Once and For All
Day #2 – 10 Pieces of Equipment Everyone Needs to Work Out at Home
Day #3 – Are You Afraid of Eating Fruit?
Day #4 – Healthy Foods?




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