stress eating is the reason why so many diets can fail. Emotional hunger is REAL and many of us use food to make ourselves
feel better. You might reach for a container of ice cream when you’re feeling
down, order a pizza if you’re bored or lonely, or find yourself in a fast food outlet
after a long stressful day with the kids or at work.
emotional hunger cannot be filled with food.
Eating may feel good in the
moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. And you
often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you’ve
using food as a pick-me-up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad
But, for some of us eating can
become our primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to
open the refrigerator whenever you’re stressed, upset, angry, lonely,
exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling
or problem is never addressed.
Did you know that bingeing
on a packet of chips is directly linked to stress – that constant chewing on
something crispy alleviates our stress. And,
that Japanese researchers claim that chewing on gum for 10 minutes can
No matter how powerless you
feel over food and your feelings, it is
possible to make a positive change. You can find healthier ways to deal
with your emotions, and learn to eat mindfully to regain control of your
weight, and finally put a stop to emotional eating.
- Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed?
- Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full?
- Do you eat to feel better (when you’re lonely, sad, bored, anxious,)?
- Do you reward yourself with food?
- Do you regularly eat until you’ve stuffed yourself?
- Does food make you feel safe? Do you feel like food is a friend?
- Do you feel powerless or out of control around food?
Here are some clues you can
look for to help you tell physical and emotional hunger apart.
Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.
hunger craves specific comfort foods.
hunger often leads to mindless eating.
hunger isn’t satisfied once you’re full.
hunger often leads to regret, guilt, or shame.
What is mindful eating?
Mindful eating is a practice that
develops your awareness of eating habits and allows you to pause between your
triggers and your actions.
I can help you achieve your goal through on-going support and motivation. By being a source of encouragement and accountability I will help set you on your path to health.