Emotional eating is the term used when people use food to hide from, deal with, or even celebrate intense human emotions. Emotional eating can be triggered by stress, fatigue, boredom, or emotions like loneliness or sadness, among other things. If you turn to food for feelings of comfort or stress-relief, it’s important to know that you’re not alone.
Emotional eating is a habit that many people have developed as a self-soothing technique over a number of years. But, by becoming mindful of what you eat and why you’re eating will greatly improve both your waistline and mental well-being. In this short article, we’ll go over a few common triggers for emotional eating as well as some simple tricks that you can employ to overcome emotional eating for good!
Stress is one of the top triggers when it comes to emotional eating. Stressful situations and stressful inputs like work-related stress, financial stress or family-related stress can all potentially drive us to eat in order to relieve the feelings associated with the situation at hand.
To avoid stress eating, it is important to get in touch with your own hunger cues so you can recognize whether you are truly hungry or you are turning to food for comfort and stress-relief. When you struggle with the urge to open the fridge, use a mindfulness practice to be in the moment and observe what’s happening. The pause should help you to better understand the reasons behind your cravings.