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May 14, 2015 2 min read

At Bodyrock, we want you to thrive and find a healthy balance between food and awesome workouts. However, did you know if you fall in to the category of an avid dieter, it puts you at higher risk for emotional eating? The more you deprive yourself, the more likely you are to overeat, if the opportunity presents itself. More often than not, the foods on your "don't eat" list are the ones you'll use when you reach for that edible emotional crutch - especially because those same forbidden foods (cookie dough ice cream anyone?) provide quick comfort. Foods high in carbs increase a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which is one of the main pleasure hormones in our brain. In other words, you're not crazy: chocolate is heaven as far as your brain is concerned. Sound familiar? Here are 3 ways you can kick the habit.

You're stressed out/overworked

Eating postpones stress - it's a delay tactic that puts off having to buckle down and work. When your "to-do" list is mile long, we tend to forget about "me" time. Food becomes a quick and convenient source of pleasure.

Solution:

You need to first recognize that food will not help the situation. Stop and take 5 deep breathes. This may sound too good to be true, but it can be a powerful way to help you focus on the moment and steer clear of eating your stress.

You Eat When You're Having Relationship Problems

It doesn't matter if its with friends, family or a significant other  -  you've decided it's far easier to curl up with a tub of Ben & Jerry's than to address the issue.

Solution:

Ben & Jerry's won't solve the issues. The only solution is to address the issue. Step away from the mint chocolate chip and turn to a journal or call a friend to tackle the issue proactively.

You Can't Eat When You're Stressed

Much like people who focus on food, some people can be the quite opposite. Devoting energy to food restriction means you're devoting less energy to thinking about what's been stressing you out.

Solution:

If you're simply not hungry, it can just be your body's reaction to stress. However, if you're purposely trying to avoid food when you're stressed, the problem could be more psychological. Forget about the good vs. bad food and allow yourself a little of what you want when you want it. Food is not the enemy. For more tips on balancing your diet, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan. This 30 day menu planner comes complete with a detailed nutrition guide and an added recipe book with over 70 offerings!

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