Overcoming Emotional Eating


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Stress, anger, loneliness, boredom, anxiety, fatigue, frustration and helplessness can all become triggers for emotional eating. Thatโ€™s because youโ€™ve learned to use food to feel better. Even happiness can trigger emotional eating, because we use food to celebrate, too. Food is fuel. It shouldnโ€™t be used as an anesthetic or for comfort. You should be in control; not your emotions.

Think about it this way: If you were at work and feeling stressed or bored, you might be tempted to head to the vending machines and buy a snack and a soda. Giving yourself that freedom would distract you and cover up the sources of your emotion, such as work that is unfulfilling or an employer who is unreasonably demanding. Whatโ€™s more, the snack would taste goodโ€”another comforting distraction. But your problem at work would remain the same once the food was gone, and youโ€™d be on your way toโ€ฆ

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