Picture this: You hit the snooze button one too many times, had a last minute project thrown at you at work, and then sat in an hour of evening traffic.
Finally home, you breathe a sigh of relief, head into the kitchen, and decide you deserve a snack after the day you’ve had. Maybe you reach for a few crackers, then a bit of chocolate.
Before you know it, you’ve munched your way through the entire kitchen without eating a proper meal. You’re stuffed, ashamed, and wondering what the heck just happened - WTH?!
It’s called emotional eating, and in a nutshell, it is eating for any other reason besides actual physical hunger, fuel or nourishment.
3 Trademarks of Emotional Eating
Several years ago when I was contemplating divorce, I once ate a whole box of Nutty Bars while sitting my bedroom. I hid the empty box in there, which I found a few months later when I was packing my things once I finally decided to leave.
The trouble with emotional eating is it overrides your body’s natural hunger cycle and can promote things like:
What Triggers Emotional Eating?Even though it’s called “emotional eating” because people often reach for food to cope with their feelings, there are a lot of other non-hunger reasons that can prompt you to eat.
Some common non-hunger reasons include:
Six (6) Tips to Help You Get a Handle on Emotional Eating...for good!If any of those scenarios sound familiar, know that you’re not alone! Emotional eating affects a lot of people at one point or another.
Want to know what you can do to stop emotional eating in its tracks? Here are 6 great tips!
1. Have a non-food outlet to process uncomfortable feelings
2. Manage stress
3. Recognize boredom
4. Practice self-care
5. Practice mindful eating
6. Eat a balanced diet
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This recipe for energy balls feel like an indulgent snack, but are made from whole food ingredients and contain a bit of protein, healthy fat, and fiber to keep you fuller longer.
Study: Current Diabetes Reports, 2018 -- Causes of Emotional Eating and Matched Treatment of Obesity
Study: Journal of Health Psychology, 2015 -- Boredom proneness and emotion regulation predict emotional eating
Healthline: Mindful Eating 101 - A Beginner's Guide