Satisfying hunger isn’t always the reason we choose to eat. Sometimes, we turn to food for comfort or as a reward. Emotional eating is defined by eating to fill emotional needs or voids rather than to satisfy your hunger. Common sources of emotional eating include stress, happiness, joy, boredom, sadness, loneliness, even feeling discontent with your life or relationships.
Could this be you? Ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be eating for emotional satisfaction or pleasure, rather than to nourish and fuel your body. You are not alone. It is estimated that over 80% of food decisions are made with an emotional attachment. Here are six tips to help you recognize and stop emotional eating:
Take action this week by pausing to determine whether you are making food and drink decisions out of physical or emotional hunger. Becoming aware of this pattern and understanding why these choices are made can be powerful and help you gain control over your food. Remaining in control of food and creating healthy habits are essential for optimal wellness. Remember to eat for energy, not emotion, and celebrate your good choices with non-food rewards.
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Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health Coach who provides private health coaching, nutrition education, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com