Ever catch yourself feeling a bit lighter after sharing a laugh with friends or having a heart-to-heart with a loved one?
Those positive social vibes? They’re not just good for your soul; they might just lead to better eating habits too.
Here’s the subtle connection …
Loneliness often nudges us toward emotional eating. It’s that “grab a bag of chips when you’re angry” or “cry into a bowl of ice cream” kind of scenario. But guess what? Having a strong social circle can be your shield against stress-induced snack fests..
Here is the kicker…
Even if we know that connecting with others is a health booster, picking up the phone can feel like climbing Everest. Why? A study from the University of Chicago has a thought-provoking answer.
We undervalue how much people care about staying connected with us. 😔
When the idea of reaching out crosses our minds, we play it down with thoughts like, “They’re probably busy” or “A five-minute chat isn’t enough.”
(Sound familiar?)But here is the irony …
Most people crave connection. They cherish those calls or texts, feeling over the moon when someone checks in or shares a bit of their world. And yet, many of us assume nobody cares to hear from us.
So why mention this study? Because challenges with food and fitness might not solely be about what’s on your plate or how many kms you run. What seems like a food problem (hello, overeating) might actually be a social hiccup (especially if loneliness is the trigger). And that social hiccup might not be due to a lack of connections but due to our own misjudgments.
If emotional eating is your nemesis, probe a bit. What else in your life provides comfort and support, aside from food?
If your social plate is looking a bit bare, consider taking a plunge. Create a list of tiny social tasks for those moments when the urge to snack strikes:
Try something like …
📱 Send a text to a friend.
👯♀️ Plan a walking date with a friend.
🧑🏽💻 Hop on FaceTime for a chat
💌 Embrace old-school charm and write a loved one a note.
Give it a shot. A simple connection might just leave you feeling a bit fuller (and not the indigestion kind).
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In health and inspiration, Rishi Dadhe