I don’t know about you, but when it starts getting colder I’m bundled up and want to eat more.
But I want you to be real with me, ok?
Food shouldn’t be your exit from reality, and it shouldn’t “comfort” you form a feeling…
When people say they’re eating “comfort foods,” they usually mean they don’t eat those kind of foods on a regular basis, and it’s only restricted for certain moments. Example: When they’re emotional or bored, they turn to “comfort” food. It’s often looked at as “bad.”
The term “comfort” food irritates me sometimes because it’s a form of self-sabotage. Food shouldn’t be your exit from reality, and it shouldn’t “comfort” you from a feeling…Let’s stop using cold weather as an excuse to eat like you don’t care about your body. Diet culture and society like to joke around and say you’re packing on “winter weight.”
If you have a sustainable lifestyle, then the term “comfort” food wouldn’t be in your vocabulary, and I would encourage you to dig deep into why you feel this way. Is it because you were told for years that it’s your gateway from your emotions? What are some new ways you can cope with your emotions? What can you do that make you feel more grounded and BETTER about yourself?
Because let’s be honest….when you stuff your face because you’re emotional, you feel even worse. I’ve been there, and it doesn’t feel good.
Let’s stop using cold months, and your emotions as an excuse to over eat. It’s all about balance and MINDFUL eating. It’s not about mindlessly eating every day you get home from work.
3 tips to have the “comfort” feeling without al the calories
Reinvent it with healthier options
Example: You’re wanting something sweet so make a chocolate protein ball that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth OR if you’re craving a Reese’s then have a BALANCED amount.
2. Modify your orders when you go out to eat but make it enjoyable
Pumpkin spiced lattes are pretty common (and yummy!) during the winter months so look for ways to modify it so you aren’t drinking a ton of sugar and crash later. If you need recommendations, email me because I have a ton 😉
Or maybe ordering a smaller size coffee. You don’t HAVE to have the biggest size of all. It’s all about moderation and balance!
3. EAT IT!
If you don’t eat your favorite food, then you’re likely to overeat it later. This is because your brain is going to constantly think about it until it has it…and then it can’t get enough of it. Eat it within moderation. This should be your biggest takeaway when you’re craving “comfort” foods.