Do YOU emotionally over eat? Emotional overeating is when we use food (usually high fat, sugary, comfort foods) to stop uncomfortable feelings such as anger, fear, stress, sadness or loneliness. We turn to food for comfort not sustenance. To avoid negative emotions, we overeat. Researchers estimate 75% of overeating is due to emotions we don’t want to feel.
Emotional overeating can cause obesity and lead to a food addiction. Learning to solve problems and how to feel emotions and release them is key to prevent emotional overeating.
We need to find ways to experience feeling good, to feel less stress besides eating. Thankfully, there are many ways to do this.
Tips to stop emotional eating:
- Reduce the stress in your life.
- Be Conscious. What am I feeling? What am I truly feeling? Boredom, anger, lonely, etc.
- Take a physical movement class (ZENgevity, Yoga, Zumba, Step, Tai Chi).
- Talk to a friend.
- Read a good book, look at a magazine.
- Play music. Dance around the house.
- Write a blog post.
- Keep a diary for your feelings.
- Create a Visual Journal for your feelings.
- Play a game with a friend or online.
- Take a walk or run.
- Do some housework.
- Paint a picture.
- Go out to the movies.
Lots of ways to distract ourselves from emotional eating. Next time we talk about ways to stop emotional eating with our food choices.
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