Have you ever locked yourself in your bedroom and consumed an entire packet of Tim Tams after a hard day’s work?
Looked down at the crumbs from your desk lunch, only to not remember eating it?
Or, scoffed multiple handfuls of Jatz biscuits at night time, then moved on to the cooking chocolate, and then that can of Milo that’s been in your cupboard for 10 years?
Yep. Chances are you’re an emotional eater. And you’re not alone.
In America, 38% of adults say that they overeat food because of stress. And here in Australia, research into stress and lifestyle has seen an increase in emotional eating, and what’s known as Binge Eating Disorder.
- Eating a very large amount of food within a relatively short period of time (e.g. within two hours)
- Feeling a sense of loss of control while eating
And like emotional eating, binge eating often occurs at times of stress, anger, boredom or distress.
On the latest episode of The Well, self-confessed emotional eater Rebecca Sparrow shared some tips that she has been using in her day-to-day life that stops her from hiding in the pantry stuffing her mouth meaninglessly.
Listen to Bec talk about her relationship with food here:
Here are some small tips that Bec says may help, from the book Slim by Design; Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.
1. Hide your snacks in an opaque jar.
If you’ve bought a packet of Arnott’s favourites and have them sitting in a glass jar on top of the microwave, chances are they won’t last long.