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5 Insights About Emotional Eating

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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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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4:12AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013


2:39AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Thank you :)

4:56AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

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

2:32AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


8:25PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

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!

6:42PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

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

3:07PM PST on Feb 22, 2013


11:46AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

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!

8:36AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

A nice bowl of Gelato!!!! Yummy.

8:18AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

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

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