Give yourself a big pat on the back! You made it a whole week on this 28-day challenge and you deserve a reward. But… let’s not make it a food reward.
I don’t know about you guys, but a lot of my bad eating habits are tied to emotion. When I am having a bad day, or feeling depressed I want a big Doctor Pepper and a donut. When I am lonely, or down I often turn to food as a form of comfort.
This is so normal. But it is also really not a great habit. It can sabotage healthy eating, weight loss goals, and even your health.
Which brings us to today’s mini challenge.
Mini challenge: Replace emotional eating with something more constructive.
Today think of something you can replace emotional eating with that is less destructive. For example, instead of celebrating with a bowl of ice cream, how about reading a good book?
Feeling depressed, sad, or angry, happens, but that doesn’t mean you have to use food to get through it. Replace eating with exercising, reading, studying, or writing. Or find something entertaining and positive to help you. Those feelings should be felt and released in a positive way.
I found this to be a helpful article about emotional eating, and how to recognize it and overcome it.
Today’s recipe is a totally guilt free and awesome tasting pudding. Yes, I did say pudding. It is a Chia Pudding. And you may recall from our Chia Breakfast Smoothie that Chia has some really awesome health benefits like weight loss, blood sugar stabilization, and more.
And berries are pretty great too. Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries contain plant nutrients known as anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants. And blueberries have resveratrol, which helps protect against the lead cause of death in the US–Heart disease!
You are going to love this. This pudding take 2 minutes to throw together, you refrigerate it over night, and there are lots of options for customizing it. We love to stir in greek yogurt and serve with slivered almonds and extra berries!
Day 7: Emotional Eating Be Gone & Berry Delicious Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- Whipped cream optional
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt optional
- In a container or jar, mix chia, vanilla, and almond milk together.
- Shake well.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (Overnight works great)
- Remove from fridge and stir in berries, top with more berries, whipped cream, slivered nuts, or whatever you want.
- If you want it a little thicker or creamier, stir in a cup of vanilla greek yogurt.
- Serve cold
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.