This is an emotional eating journal 30 day challenge that is specifically designed to help you stop your emotional eating, stop feeling guilty or ashamed of your eating, and find your way to a joyful and abundant place.
Plus, who doesn’t love a good 30 day challenge?
I know you do!
They’re so much fun, it’s such a doable time-frame, and you get such a feeling of accomplishment. What’s not to love?
Although the whole ‘do something for 30 days and it’ll become a habit’ thing is a myth, it sure doesn’t hurt. If you’re looking to make something a part of your life, doing a 30 day challenge is a cool way to make a start.
And if you haven’t tried journaling, now’s your chance.
Why do an emotional eating journal?
You can learn a ton and make your body, self, and life better. Sounds great right?
Journaling is not only great fun and a wonderful learning tool, it’s got some fantastic healing benefits too. As this wonderful article from the American Psychological Association outlines, many people in some pretty terrible situations can benefit greatly from journaling about their stresses and struggles. The research summarized in the article points out that it doesn’t really matter who you are, or how or where you write, but that the act of writing-reflecting-and learning can be super beneficial, both physically and psychologically.
They do stress that it’s the learning and reflecting part of the journaling process that’s key. You can’t just write about what you did today, close up your journal, and expect the benefits to roll in. You have to find meaning and growth in your writing. How you write your story and find the meanings in it will have a big effect on your outcomes.
How can an emotional eating journal help you?
If you’ve been living with, working with, or healing emotional eating for any time at all, I’m sure you’re well aware that it’s about so much more than just food or eating. In fact, for most people, it’s barely about those things at all. Emotional eating is a message, a symptom, and something to be explored. Journaling is a fantastic way to do some of this exploration.
As I’ve said above, the results of your journaling will really depend on how you write your story and find meanings in yourself. This has huge potential for emotional eaters! If your emotional eating has meanings and messages, exploring them through writing can provide insights and growth you’d never considered.
You dig inside yourself to put words to emotions and experiences, you can see connections taking place on the page, and your mind can open up to explore areas that are new, or find new connections and meanings in areas you’ve been over a million times inside your own head.
Once you’ve got a deeper understanding of what’s going on, you are in such a stronger position to heal your emotional eating from the root causes instead of yet anther band-aid quick fix.
Yup. Journaling can help you do that!
Use the following journal questions and prompts to write each and every day for the next 30 days. Don’t skip the reflection days! Those are the most important ones.
What to do:
Get yourself a journal and a pen, a word document, or whatever you want to journal with. You can grab the questions here – just save a copy for yourself to edit – Then just start with day 1 and get writing 🙂
We’ve got a Facebook group going for this challenge too! Hop over there and join our private group to share your entries, your thoughts, and to get some support. I’ll be there sharing my emotional eating journal 30 day challenge for the month of January – come and join me!