What is Emotional Eating?
Do you squeeze in time for a big bowl of ice cream even though you’re already full? Emotional eating is done to make you feel better. It’s normal to use food to calm your body every now and then, but eating should never be your primary way for dealing with your emotions. If your first impulse is to dive into your refrigerator or pantry every time you’re stressed, lonely or depressed, you have an emotional eating problem that needs to be addressed.
How to Tell if You Are an Emotional Eater:
- You eat more when you're stressed out
- You continue to eat even when you're full
- You make a habit of "rewarding yourself" with food
- Food makes you feel safer
- You eat when you are "bored"
- If you aren't around food, you feel out of control of your life
- Emotional hunger can come on instantly -- physical hunger is a gradual thing.
- Emotional hunger pains usually make you crave a particular comfort food. Physical hunger allows you to crave almost anything.
- When you give in to emotional hunger you eat without thinking. During physical hunger you’re aware of what you are eating.
- Emotional hunger continues even after your stomach is full, while physical hunger pains stop the second you have eaten.
- After you’ve given into emotional hunger pains you feel guilty, shameful or even powerless