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5 Ways to End Emotional Eating

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5 Ways to End Emotional Eating

Every year, around the end of October, I write lots of articles about healthy holiday cookies, nutritious renditions of Thanksgiving favorites, simple ways to stay slim during the holiday season, and so forth. You know — all the things that are supposed to help a health-conscious person navigate through a season of holiday dinners, cocktail parties and school festivals.

Don’t get me wrong: eating the right foods is important. But even the most creative dieting tricks and healthy stuffing recipes won’t help if you don’t follow them. Really, you already know what and how to eat. So why do you find yourself bent over a plate of brownies, or halfway through a second heaping helping of stuffing that you swore you wouldn’t take?

Tricks don’t work because they don’t explore the underlying issues, the mental and emotional side of eating. And the holidays, more than any other time, are fraught with emotions. We’re short on time, low on cash, and either overburdened with family responsibilities or feeling the pang of loneliness. Certain key dishes may also bring back happy memories of past holidays. And all those high-carb, sugar-rich holiday treats temporarily boost levels of serotonin, the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitter–which makes us crave more.

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Lisa Turner

Lisa is a chef and nutritionist with more than 30 years of professional experience and formal training in food, nutrition and product development. She’s written five books on food and nutrition and is the creator of The Healthy Gourmet iPhone app, and has been a featured blogger for many national sites, including Huffington Post and Whole Foods Market. Lisa is a faculty instructor at Bauman College of Culinary Arts and also teaches food and nutrition classes and workshops to individuals and corporations. She's a black belt in Ninjutsu, an active volunteer in the Boulder Valley school lunch system, and an avid wild food forager.

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5:37PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Success must make you hungry

1:02AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Thank you :)

1:51PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Thank you

1:58AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Good article, thank you.

5:18AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Well said, Jelka V. I am never an "emotional eater" either so I can never understand the drama of binge eating. I only eat and HAVE TO eat when I'm hungry. My body's never tricked me.

4:47PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Something to think about. Thanks

9:37AM PST on Nov 14, 2010

I really like the last part of the article starting with "happiness may breed success, rather than the other way around...." A very important thing to remember.

Live in the moment!

9:32AM PST on Nov 14, 2010

I really like the last part of the article starting with "happiness may breed success, rather than the other way around...." A very important thing to remember.

Live in the moment!

9:32AM PST on Nov 14, 2010

I really like the last part of the article starting with "happiness may breed success, rather than the other way around...." A very important thing to remember.

Live in the moment!

9:29AM PST on Nov 14, 2010

I really like the last part of this article, beginning "happiness may breed success, rather than the other way around..." A very important thing to remember.

Live in the moment!

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