You use food to affect your mood. This started as a conscious way to motivate yourself when you needed it, but then it became your second nature and turned into an unconscious method of dealing with problems.
Your Eating Habits
You are familiar with sweets, such as cookies, ice cream, cakes, waffles and other carb-loaded diet killers. They somehow creep into your diet whenever you need a little bit of moral support, or when you feel frustrated, unhappy or simply bored. Therefore, those excess calories are not consumed during your regular meals, but in between.
Emotional cravings are easily confused with hunger and are therefore difficult to identify. In most cases, emotional eating patterns only become evident when they have already taken place. Therefore, emotional eaters should plan their meals ahead, and always have a clear idea how much they want to consume. This makes any deviations clearly recognizable and allows the user to find alternate and non-food related methods for dealing with emotions.
We are excited to hear that you recently gave birth, and regardless if this is your first time or not, we would like to assist you in those exciting moments that are ahead of you. Most women cannot wait to lose weight after the birth. Luckily, if you are breastfeeding, the weight will come off much easier than at any other time in your life. Breastfeeding uses even more calories than pregnancy itself -- around 500 calories per day, as opposed to 300 during pregnancy. And even if you are not breastfeeding, your new baby will keep you active and help you return to your normal weight.
Now that you have a baby, preparing three meals a day can be a luxury, and your new lifestyle is more likely to involve grabbing some food between sessions of feeding and playing with your infant. Even though eating smaller meals throughout the day is optimal for keeping your metabolism working at its best, it is quite easy to overeat and fail to lose weight. This makes the management of portion sizes very important, which can be done with the help of food journals. To find out how many calories you should be eating, try our Burn Meter.