What is Emotional Eating and WHY Do We Do It? PART ONE
We’ve all been there a time or two. Stressed out and overwhelmed to the max, standing over a tub of cookie dough, shoveling spoonfuls into our mouth. Or maybe you find yourself scarfing down french fries and a milkshake, drowning the day’s sorrows in a calorie laden binge.
Whether you eat because you are stressed, overwhelmed or depressed, if you find yourself looking to food for comfort, then you are most likely an emotional eater.
What is emotional eating?
Emotional eating, or stress eating, is eating to satisfy your emotional needs or to comfort yourself. Typically, emotional eating consists of diving deep into a ton of unhealthy foods that provide little nutritional value, but can bring about a sense of comfort, ease and familiarity.
Why do we eat emotionally?
Most people engage in emotional eating to cope with negative feelings. They attempt to drown their sorrow in a pint of ice cream, or pan of brownies...similarly to someone who turns to alcohol to ease their troubles. While it isn’t a terrible thing to do this on occasion, if turning to food is your main tool for coping with the negative aspects of life, then you are likely to find yourself on a slippery slope that leads to obesity and a whole slew of health issues.
If this is something you struggle with as well, I invite you to download my FREE guide on Why Your Mind is Making You Fat to provide tips on changing a negative mindset and overcoming emotional eating!