5 Insights About Emotional Eating

Earlier this week, I started writing what I hope are inspirational insights about food and our relationship with it, that I intend to post on my blog, Real Food Underground. I will soon be posting one quote a day on the RFU social media feeds and there will be a special page on the blog devoted to them. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few of my insights with my Care2 community. I hope they resonate with you!

If you’re not happy with your diet, don’t give yourself a hard time about it. There’s probably something stressing you out on an emotional level that has caused you to adopt eating habits you see as less than ideal. So berating yourself for the way you eat is only piling stress on top of stress.

Troublesome eating habits aren’t really about food. They’re about underlying emotional issues. Maybe we’re using food to soothe ourselves or to take the place of something that’s missing in our lives. So changing our eating habits isn’t about discipline or willpower – it’s about loving ourselves and being authentic.

Many of us have been conditioned by the diet industry to believe that there’s some perfect way to eat out there. So we think that if we can just discover what it is, we’ll have perfect health. But there is no perfect diet. What’s right for you is different from what’s right for me. And what was right for me when I was 15 years old won’t be the same as what’s right for me when I’m 50.

When it comes to how we eat, we often hold ourselves up to impossible standards. But perfectionism will only lead to self-criticism – which will ultimately prevent us from really being healthy.

Being afraid of food isn’t natural. It’s something we’ve been taught to do by the media and the diet industry. Pandas aren’t afraid of bamboo.


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Franck Rio
Franck R.2 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

Great article. Really makes you think about how you eat. Thanks for sharing.

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Jane L.
Jane L.2 years ago

im trying to learn to listen to my body and eat when I'm hungry, not just because the food is available, i feel like it, or when time permits.

I really liked the second quote: it's about chosing to love ourselves enough to treat ourselves right by eating well.

Thanks for some thoughtful insight!

Sheila Stevens
Sheila S.2 years ago

Actually, I was hoping for a bit more content in this article...something to sink my teeth into.

Ernie Miller
william Miller2 years ago


Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago

Lindsay K. you and me both!! What helps is finding food that fills you up fast. For me that's cashews. For some reason I can never eat more than a tablespoon of cashews at a time. I actually get a bit nauseous!

Also I'm hungry from the time i open my eyes til about 1pm. so i like ot have a big meal and then a medium lunch. keeps me going!

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

A nice bowl of Gelato!!!! Yummy.

Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito2 years ago

Emotional eating? -I just don't understand it...