Canadian Living: You May Be Emotionally Eating. Here's How To Avoid It.
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Whether you're craving something salty or sweet, Kiki Athanassoulias, a Toronto-based healthy-eating coach, shares some food swaps that are sure to satisfy.
Before you have a snack attack, assess if you're truly hungry or if you're just thirsty. First, drink a glass of water.
Instead of scarfing down your dinner in two bites, have a meal that takes time to eat, like a bowl of hot soup.
If you have a case of the holiday blues, it might be a sign you're seeking dopamine, the "feel-good" hormone. Rather than going elbow-deep into a box of chocolates, toss two tablespoons of raw cacao nibs into a smoothie or some yogurt; raw cacao contains phenethylamine, a natural compound that helps increase endorphins and other pleasure-inducing neurochemicals in the brain.
Opt for lighter, more nourishing choices that still provide the comfort you crave—mashed cauliflower in place of potatoes on top of a shepherd's pie, for example.
Practise the art of delayed gratification. Give the craving 10 minutes to pass, then if you're actually hungry, create a calming experience with a cup of chamomile tea and a healthy snack, for instance.