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5 Ways to End Emotional Eating

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Most of the time, you’re not really hungry for pecan pie or holiday ham. You’re craving a quick boost of feel-good brain chemicals to counter the effects of holiday emotions, or you’re starving for connection, peace, happiness, a fond memory of past experiences.

This season, if you’re hoping to maintain some control over holiday binging, look to the underlying cause–the emotions themselves. Approach this exploration with a gentle, inquisitive air, rather than another must-complete item to cross off your to-do list. Here’s how you might start:

1. Stay in touch with your feelings. Most of the time, we don’t have a clue what we’re feeling in any given moment. Make it a habit to check in two or three times a day; just before meals is the perfect chance to stay on top of your feelings, before they run your food choices.

2. Be in your body. Most of us walk around all day in a state of half-awareness, not really present in the room, on the earth, in our bodies. But if you’re not in your body, you have no way of knowing when it’s hungry or full. Get in the habit of checking in with your body, especially your belly, during the day. Where are your feet? How do your legs feel? Is your stomach tense, cold, empty, satisfied? Once you’ve practiced this for a while, it becomes automatic–and makes it easier to choose foods based on what your body needs.

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Lisa Turner

Lisa Turner is a food writer, intuitive eating coach, and nutrition consultant in Boulder, Colorado. In her consulting practice Lisa combines her training and degrees in nutrition, mind-body practices and Food Psychology, to help clients explore both what to eat and why they eat. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, visit InspiredEating.com. Lisa is also the developer of The Healthy Gourmet iPhone recipe app; for more information, visit TheHealthyGourmet.net.

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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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