Techniques for avoiding emotional eating
I'm sure there are plenty of people on this forum who have struggled with emotional eating, and issues like anxiety and depression. Myself I've been on antidepressants for 7 years and had a little bit of CBT and counselling but not much.
I've really noticed that in weeks when I get quite depressed, which is happening a fair bit at the moment due to general dissatisfaction with life and hating the dark winter months, I find it particularly hard to stay on track - it's almost like an alarm bell for a bout of depression when my daily syns start creeping up to 20 and beyond!
So far I'm trying to use 'positive self-talk'. I think to myself 'I don't care if I eat a load of chocolate and a bottle of wine. Nothing matters, I just want something nice and a drink, there's nothing else good in my life!' but then I have to stop and think 'I do care when I don't lose weight. I want to get to target as fast as possible. Actually, losing weight is one of the best things in my life at the moment, and getting to goal is one of the few things I have to look forward to.'
Has anyone with similar problems - emotional eating or mental health issues in general - got any good techniques for talking yourself into staying on plan when it hits hard? Thank you.