Unfortunately,emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems.In addition,it may make you feel worse than before.Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating. Hence,it is important to recognize your emotional eating triggers.It is the first step to breaking free from food cravings and compulsive overeating, and changing the habits that have sabotaged your diets in the past.Moreover we should do the below.
1.Understanding emotional eating
Even though you’re already full or dove into a pint of ice cream when you’re feeling down if you’ve ever made room for dessert,you have gone into the emotional eating,which is used food to make yourself feel better.
Using food from time to time as a pick me up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Whereas,when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re upset, angry, lonely, stressed, exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.
Above all,you must remember that emotional hunger can’t be full of food.
2.Are you an emotional eater?
(1) Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed?
(2) Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full?
(3) Do you eat to feel better (to calm and soothe yourself when you’re sad, mad, bored, anxious, etc.)?
(4) Do you reward yourself with food?
(5) Do you regularly eat until you’ve stuffed yourself?
(6) Does food make you feel safe? Do you feel like food is a friend?
(7) Do you feel powerless or out of control around food?
3.The difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger
When you fight with emotional eating ,you need to learn how to distinguish between emotional and physical hunger.Emotional hunger can be powerful.As a result,you should do your best to overcome it.