Maybe you’re bored, so you reach for a soda. Or you’re angry, so you grab a cookie. But then you feel depressed because you’re eating so unhealthily … so you reach for another cookie. Sound familiar? Like many of us, Montel Williams struggled with the emotional eating cycle. It’s a crutch we all fall on at some point in time, for our own reasons.
Montel knew he had to turn things around. So, through years of research with food and wellness experts, combined with examining his own changes in his emotional response to food, he developed a plan. Now, he’s no longer the “jumble of nerves” that has to respond to every negative feeling with junk food. Instead, he’s created a plan that allows him to work through negative emotions in a way that’s good for both his body and mind. Here, Montel shares his solutions to tackle emotional eating once and for all, emotion by emotion.
Conquer Boredom: Never-be-Bored Kola Nut Infusion
Shockingly, a survey conducted on this website revealed that boredom was the number-one reason people cited for emotional eating. It completely dwarfed every other emotion. Studies show that low levels of dopamine can contribute to a sense of boredom, so Montel turns to kola nut extra for the energy boost he needs. Simply add a few drops of the extract – available in health food stores – to just about any healthy beverage or food. Montel infuses the kola nut extract into a slice of watermelon, providing him a caffeine boost as well as nutrients like vitamin C. In addition to its energy benefits, the extract’s pleasing, exotic taste serves as a reminder to Montel to stay away from junk foods.
Conquer Anger: Soothing Seed Combo
When we get angry, our body’s response is to fire adrenaline, which can fuel unhealthy eating choices. At the first feeling of anger, Montel combats the adrenaline with a nutrient-rich seed combo of chia and hemp seeds. Hemp and chia seeds are some of the highest protein-content seeds on the planet, and they’re highly soluble for fast absorption. Hemp seeds are loaded with fiber and protein, while chia has among the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food, outdistancing even fresh blueberries. One study showed that chia lowers blood pressure, which could be vital during moments of anger. To kick up the flavor a bit, Montel suggests you add the mixture to almond milk or coconut water.