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The 3 Things I Do Before Any Out of Routine Eating (Vacation, A Trip, Etc)

The 3 Things I Do Before Any Out of Routine Eating (Vacation, A Trip, Etc)

I just got back from ten days in Belize and I thought I’d be helpful to share the 3 things I do before any out of routine eating (meaning anything where I’m not at home making my own food 🙂 ). Vacations, trips, long weekends, parties…anything that I couldn’t control used to send me into a binge for weeks after I got back. It was terrifying for me to feel like I didn’t have control. To help you feel sane & normal around food when you’re on vacation, at an event or a party, keep this blog post handy! Here
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How Long Will It Take To Feel ‘Normal’ Around Food?

How Long Will It Take To Feel ‘Normal’ Around Food?

Exactly 14 years ago I sat down across from the woman who would end up being my therapist. Almost before she had a chance to greet me, I desperately asked her: “How long will it take to feel normal around food? How long until I stop binging and overeating?”  I needed to know what I was in for. I wanted a definitive answer, so I could mentally prepare myself for the hard work ahead. “Well, it really depends on you,” she answered. That was NOT the answer I wanted to hear. I was looking for an exact timeframe like: “1
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The 3 Things You Must Know About “Food Issues” (From Our Retreat!)

The 3 Things You Must Know About “Food Issues” (From Our Retreat!)

I just wrapped up the inaugural Normal Eaters Retreat in Breckenridge, Colorado and it was…incredible. I left with my heart overflowing with emotion: Gratitude that I got to spend 4 days with the most honest, authentic, funny, beautiful group of women I’ve ever met. Deep joy at hearing and seeing shifts, wins, a-ha’s, and progress. Appreciation at how sharing stories & experiences together can feel so healing.  Awe of how much courage and honesty each of the women had in facing some of their biggest fears.  When I first started my business, I dreamed of creating a space (in person)
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“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

When you’re obsessed with controlling your food intake, body size, and the number on the scale, the concept of “eating what you want” sounds foreign, frightening, and downright impossible.  Our biggest fear comes to light: “If I eat what I want, will I gain weight?!”. Left to our own devices, we’re convinced that we will inevitably gain 10, 40, 100 pounds.  Our thoughts go something like this: If I eat what I want, my clothes will no longer fit. I can’t allow myself a dessert today, or I’ll lose control of my diet. If I don’t carefully monitor my food intake
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What Does It Look Like To Feel Your Feelings? (And Not Eat Over Them!)

What Does It Look Like To Feel Your Feelings? (And Not Eat Over Them!)

When I first started this journey, I often got confused when I heard the phrase “feel your emotions”. I’d read about this concept or stumble across the advice, and my first thought was always, “That sounds great, but HOW are you supposed to do that? What does it involve? Are there instructions I can follow?” (That’s my Type A perfectionist brain wanting a plan 🙂 ). So what DOES it actually look like to feel your feelings? I want to share an example with you about putting the whole “feel (and don’t eat) your emotions” into practice (because none of this stuff
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How Do You Stop Eating When You’re Bored?!

How Do You Stop Eating When You’re Bored?!

Some of the biggest triggers that send us into food are stress, overwhelm, and boredom. Being bored can be really challenging to deal with…the goodies in the pantry & freezer seem to start calling our name the more bored we get! So what’s the secret? How do you stop eating when you’re bored?! Today’s video we are diving into just that: What to do when you’re bored but don’t want to eat! Even today, I occasionally struggle with wanting to eat when I’m bored because, well… I really don’t like being bored! (Especially for my Type A perfectionist personality who
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