📱 Ever notice how a good laugh with friends or a heartfelt chat with a loved one can make you feel lighter and happier? Those positive social interactions can have a direct impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing.
But here’s a connection that might surprise you: strong social connections can also help you make better food choices.
That’s because loneliness often drives emotional eating. When you have adequate social support, it can lower your stress levels and reduce the instances of stress-driven snacking, like indulging in a bag of chips or drowning your sorrows in a bowl of ice cream.
But here’s the interesting part:
Even though many people understand that connecting with others is good for their health, they might still hesitate to pick up the phone and reach out. So, what’s holding us back?
A study from the University of Chicago offered an intriguing answer:
We tend to underestimate how much others care about staying connected with us. 😔
When we contemplate reaching out to someone, we often think things like, “They’re probably busy with their own life, and I don’t want to bother them.” Or, “I only have a few minutes for a conversation, and that’s not enough time to catch up.”
Does any of this sound familiar?
Here’s the irony: Most people crave connection. They feel happy and touched when someone calls or texts to check in on them or shares their thoughts and feelings. Yet, many of us feel like no one really cares to hear from us.
So, what do we do instead? We turn to the cookies for comfort.
Why is this study relevant?
The challenges we face with food and fitness aren’t always just about food and fitness. What appears to be a food-related issue, such as overeating, might actually be rooted in a social issue, especially if emotional eating is triggered by feelings of loneliness and isolation. And those social challenges might not necessarily be due to a lack of connections but rather our own inaccurate assumptions.
If you find yourself struggling with emotional eating, take a moment to reflect. What else in your life provides you comfort and support aside from food?
If your social circle feels a bit empty, consider taking the initiative to nurture your relationships. You can even create a list of small social tasks to do whenever you get the urge to eat. For example:
📱 Send a text to a friend.
👯♀️ Arrange a walking date with a buddy.
🧑🏽💻 Hop on FaceTime for a chat.
💌 Go old school and write a heartfelt note to a loved one.
Just try it out. You might discover that connecting with someone makes you feel a little more fulfilled (and not the kind of fulfillment associated with indigestion). 😊
I hope this helps, and while you’re here, I want to make sure you know that if there’s any way I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals, I’m here for you.
I offer online nutrition coaching to clients who are ready to quit dieting and start looking and feeling better, with more confidence and increased energy levels – without complicated diets or painful workouts
What exactly is “nutrition coaching”… and how will it help you reach your goals?
When it comes to losing weight and getting the body you want, “eating better” is one of the most important steps. The only problem?
Most of the common diet advice you receive simply isn’t sustainable…
- “Avoid your favorite foods… forever!”
- “Don’t eat after 7pm!”
- “Weigh and measure every morsel of food you eat!”
If you’ve tried something like this before and “failed”—or just couldn’t stick with it—you’re not alone.
(And it’s definitely NOT your fault.)
I talk to people every day who are trying to muster up all the willpower they can find to diet their way to a better body… but they still aren’t getting the results they want.
The good news? There’s a better way.
My nutrition coaching focuses on strategic, doable daily actions that are designed to fit into YOUR lifestyle. With this approach, you’ll learn how to:
- Eat better—without dieting or feeling deprived.
- Lose weight—without giving up your favorite foods.
- Ditch the food rules—overcoming the guilt and shame.
- Feel energized all day—so you can enjoy all the things you want and need to do.
- Get the results you’ve always wanted—and build the healthy habits you need to stay that way for good.
Bottom line: My goal is to help you learn how to “eat better” so that it becomes easy, consistent, and automatic.
No restrictive dieting. No weighing or measuring your food. No “one size fits all” meal plan.
Instead, you’ll learn how to bring healthy eating into your lifestyle and get in amazing shape—while building the habits you need to stay that way for good.
How is nutrition coaching different from fitness coaching or personal training?
As a coach, my number one goal is to help my clients reach THEIR goals. Doing that effectively requires me to constantly look for opportunities to learn new skills and hone my craft.
This is exactly why I chose to become a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition.
I’ve now been trained by the best of the best, so I know what works.
(The nutrition method they teach is backed by science and has been proven to work with over 100,000 of their own clients… so it’s the real deal.)
The best part? The knowledge and skills I’ve gained can help you finally get the results you want—and keep them for life.
Through the rigorous training I’ve received, I learned that while exercise is a crucial part of losing weight, feeling good, and achieving optimal health… it’s only half the equation.
The other half—as you may have guessed—is nutrition.
I’d actually argue that nutrition is more important than exercise, because while you spend a few hours working out each week, challenges around eating and food can happen anytime (some would say all the time!).
That’s why having a coach there to guide and support you is crucial.
Don’t get me wrong: Exercise is very important. But no amount of exercise will ever be able to “outwork” bad nutrition habits. So in order to help you get the life-transforming results you deserve—I’m excited to be able to offer nutrition coaching in an official capacity.
What I learned while becoming a Certified Nutrition Coach opened my eyes to a whole new way of doing things. And through this science-proven approach, I’m ready to help you get even better results through healthy nutrition habits.
Interested? Have questions? Let’s talk…
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, or if you have questions about what this would look like… I’d love to discuss how my online nutrition coaching program could help you get the results you’re looking for.
Click here to get started and I’ll answer any questions you have. Plus, we can connect to talk more about what this would look like for you.
Dedicated to your success,
P.S. Just so you know: I’m offer fitness coaching as well—and it doesn’t have to be “either or.”
If you’re in a place where guidance and support from an experienced coach could help you reach your goals, I’m here to help in whatever capacity will be most beneficial for you.
Simply learn more here and we can talk about the different coaching options I have available.