How You Can Overcome Emotional Eating

We’ve all been there. You get some bad news, a parking ticket or have a fight with a friend or family member, and what’s the first thing you want to do? If you’re like me, some days hit the snack aisle.

What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating is the consumption of food — usually “comfort” food or junk foods — in response to feelings in place of actual hunger. Feelings caused by emotions formulated to make us believe that food can bring us comfort.

Why you often want to eat the worst foods when you have an emotional eating episode

According to one study, there are various biological factors which link mood, food intake, and brain signaling that trigger the peripheral and central nervous systems as we eat. In more simplistic terms, when you take that first bite out of a piece of cake, your body releases dopamine, which stimulates the area of your brain that tells you that you feel pleasure.

Where’s the harm in seeking comfort in food?

All you want is to feel better, so if that piece of candy or cake makes you feel better, what’s the problem? The problem is that it likely doesn’t stop at one piece, and once you’ve finished swallowing that food your remorse can kicks in, and you feel more powerless than before.

Do you suffer from emotional eating?

The first step to overcoming your emotional eating habit is to admit that you have it. If you think you have an emotional issue with eating, you can complete an assessment, like this one from Psychology Today or seek the help of a professional. A few indications that you may be suffering from emotional eating include:

  • You eat when you’re not hungry or “unconsciously”.
  • You use food as your top source of pleasure.
  • You have a toxic relationship with your body image.

I think I am an emotional eater. What are some ways I can overcome my emotional eating?

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or solution to stop your emotional eating cycles. The only way to actively stop emotional eating is first to be aware of it, and second, find other ways to manage your reaction to triggering situations. Here are a few of the ways you can manage your emotional eating.

  1. Confide in someone you can trust who can help during times of stress and anxiety
  2. Find ways to reward yourself that have nothing to do with eating. Evaluate other things in your life that bring you pleasure and turn to those in times of need.
  3. Be present and allow yourself to feel. Since feelings such as boredom, anxiety, and sadness trigger some emotional eating episodes, allow yourself to process emotions thoroughly before turning to an external solution

When you become aware of your triggers, you can then seek out a better plan of action to stop feeling helpless and start your healing process going forward.

If you are struggling with emotional eating, you will want to check out my free eBook “How To Digest (And Still Save Room For Sanity!)”

This post was originally featured on Huffington Post.




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Upper Body + Cardio Boot Camp Workout

Happy Monday, guys!  I know I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I have been expanding my writing career over the past two months.  I have been contributing my writing to some new sites (including my first published Huffington Post essay!).

I also started a second blog, which is quite different from this one.  It’s called ErIntuition, and it’s a much, much lighter side to yours truly.  It’s not a blog about wellness; it’s just a place where I blow off steam and talk about things like hair, tv shows, and anything that comes to mind.

I love writing about fitness, mental health, and nutrition, but I’ve got another side to me that sometimes needs to blow off steam and I thought this blog might not be the best place for it.  If you like my sense of humour, however, you should give it a read!

Anyhoo, back to today’s post!  I’ve been super duper busy, so my personal workouts have become a bit more intense and fast-paced.  Honestly, even trainers get the blues and winters are just the damn pits.  I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but here in Glasgow, I am so over it.  It’s cold, rainy, windy (I’m talking, like, Dorthy’s house is about to fly to Oz windy) and just slippery.  I love doing my workouts outdoors, so, for me, this weather is just awful!

For this reason, I have created a series of 25-minute workouts that can be done indoors with little space and equipment.  These exercises may look simple enough, but they work up a serious amount of sweat and burn a phenomenal amount of calories.  Today’s workout is an Upper Body + Cardio Boot Camp workout.
Bootcamp Cardio Workout

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Please consult your physician before starting this or any workout program!

What’s your favourite weatherproof indoor workout?

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