What Is Emotional Eating?
Emotional eating is a term used to describe the act of consuming food in response to emotional distress. This can include stress, anxiety, sadness, or even boredom. While there are many different ways that people eat emotionally (such as bingeing on junk food), one thing remains consistent: an individual will turn to food when they're experiencing strong emotions instead of dealing with their feelings head-on.
Emotional eaters often experience feelings of guilt after they eat because they know how unhealthy it is for their bodies--and yet they continue doing so anyway! And while there are plenty of reasons why this happens (we'll get into those below), there are also ways you can stop yourself from engaging in this behavior if it's becoming problematic for your health or relationships with others .
Key Strategies for Overcoming Emotional Eating
1 Identify Your Triggers
Identify your triggers. Emotional eating can be triggered by anything from boredom to stress, so it's important to know what sets you off and how you can avoid those situations in the future.
2 Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice that involves focusing on the present moment without judgment or criticism--it's also been shown to reduce stress levels and help people manage their emotions better overall. If you're having trouble with emotional eating, try meditating for 10 minutes each day (or even just 5!) until it becomes second nature; this will help build up your ability to cope with difficult situations without resorting immediately back into old habits like overeating.
3 Nourish Your Body
You may be surprised at how much better we feel after eating healthy foods rather than junk food! The food we eat has an impact on our moods so try making small changes like switching out soda for water or adding more vegetables into meals.
4 Build A Support Network
Having someone around who understands what we're going through makes all the difference when trying new things like changing diets or quitting smoking -and this goes double when dealing with something as personal as weight loss goals! Having friends who support us makes success more likely because they'll encourage us along every step of way instead getting discouraged by failures along way (which might lead them down path towards unhealthy behaviors).
Emotional eating can be triggered by anything from boredom to stress, so it's important to know what sets you off and how you can avoid those situations in the future.
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