By Shelia Viers, Experience Life
“Emotional eating” refers to eating large quantities of food (usually comfort foods) due to feelings rather than hunger.
On occasion, this can be in response to feelings of happiness (i.e. when celebrating) but most often emotional eating is triggered by feelings of stress, boredom, anger, sadness, loneliness, anger, resentment, and anxiety.
Here are my top 8 ways to know if you are an emotional eater:
- You feel stressed about a particular issue or something going on in your life but instead of dealing with it directly, you delay by heading off to find your favorite snack food.
- You find that you eat larger portions and/or foods that you believe are “naughty” when you are alone.
- You get cravings that feel out of control — you literally can’t think of anything else until you eat what you are craving.
- You eat until you feel stuffed often.
- You aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, but you are definitely interested in diving into your favorite treat.
- You feel guilty about or ashamed of your eating habits and of blowing your healthy eating plan once again.
- When you do something good, you celebrate with a food related treat because you feel like you deserve it.
- You turn to foods or beverages when you feel fatigued and need energy.
If you can relate to any of these, you are an emotional eater. Before, you feel despair… keep reading. Emotional eating is not necessarily a bad thing.