BlackDoctor.org: What are four things that people can do to overcome emotional overeating ?
Dr. Seun: Recognize that you’re prone to emotional overeating is the first step. Learn to be aware of the emotions that lead you to overeating. Secondly remove yourself from the situation that will cause you to overeat.
The next step is to plan what you’re going to do when encountered with the temptation to overeat. My suggestion is exercise, exercise , exercise. When you exercise it releases endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the feel good mechanisms in our body that make us feel great. Exercise is key.
Avoid mindless eating at all costs. Mindless eating comes in various forms. Eating in front of the television or just typing at the computer while eating is emotional overeating. Learn to eat when you’re full and stop.
Lastly, setting definite meal times will help out a lot. Have a set time that you’re going to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re going to eat breakfast at 8am , do it everyday and be consistent. Lunch at 11am and so forth. Set a time and stick to it to avoid overeating.
Take heed to this great advice from Dr. Seun. The Black community suffers from a variety of diet-related issues that we can remedy by eating the right type of foods and the right amount of food. It’s about being aware of your habits and developing an action plan to circumvent the problem. It’s going to be hard for me not to smash a bag of Twizzlers while watching Game of Thrones, but my health depends on it greatly.