It's important to point out: We are all emotional eaters.
Humans are emotional beings and it would be impossible to never eat emotionally.
Emotional eating is not always a bad thing and in fact, I tend to believe it's actually a good thing.
When we eat emotionally, it is usually a sign that something in our life is either missing or needs some attention. People often use food as coping mechanism for dealing with life's challenges which isn't always the best, but it definitely could be worse.
Although everyone may eat emotionally at times, there are also the people who eat emotionally most of the time. I used to fall in this category until I became aware that I was actually eating emotionally. Once I was aware of how I was eating, I began using some strategies and techniques I had learned to start eating more mindfully and intuitively.
So, do you think you are mostly an emotional eater? Here are 10 signs you're an emotional eater:
1. You eat when you're feeling sad, mad, happy, and bored. No matter what you're feeling, food is always a good idea!
2. You eat when you're stressed. Stress is inevitable and sometimes a piece of chocolate cake or a bag of chips can just barely take the edge off. I get it.
3. You seek comfort from food. When it comes right down to it, you aren't craving and binging on junk food for the nutritional benefits, but you're looking for that warm and fuzzy feeling to make you feel better in the moment.
4. You're constantly thinking about food and what you're going to eat next. Food can sometimes seem like an obsession. Not only are you thinking about it, but you notice it everywhere - from the ads on tv, the radio, and the 20 fast food restaurants you pass by everyday.
5. You often crave sugar and carbs and you tend to indulge a bit too much. Chocolate. Cookies. Ice Cream. Candy Bars. Cupcakes. Cereal. Sugar is pretty much everywhere and in everything. Once you have a little, you just can't stop!
6. You eat secretly in hopes that no one will see you. Sometimes you sneak a donut while no one is looking or you grab just ONE more candy bar. You have a sense of shame associated with your desire to have eat, eat, eat.
7. You feel guilty when you choose to eat less than healthy foods. It's almost impossible for you to truly enjoy that slice of pizza or double fudge brownie, because you feel guilt, shame and fear. You know you should have salad or vegetables, but in the moment, you quickly and shamefully eat the unhealthy food anyway.
8. You've been dieting for years, but just can't seem to stick with it. Every time you go on a diet you let your emotions get the best of you. The second you're feeling deprived and lonely, sad, or mad, you have a little slip-up which leads to a bigger slip-up and then you're back to square one starting the diet all over again.
9. You feel out of control when you're eating. When you eat, you feel powerless. You can't just have a few chips, you want the whole bag. Sometimes you can even eat a whole bag without even noticing until you realize there's only crumbs left at the bottom.
10. You eat even when you're not hungry. Hunger? What's that? It's become a foreign feeling to you, because you usually use your emotions as a guide for what and when to eat.
If you can relate to 3 or more of the above, then chances are you are mostly an emotional eater. And as I said before, that is perfectly okay.
It can sometimes seem like a curse and as if you lack willpower, but I can assure you that it's completely possible to change the way you eat and the benefits of that are endless.
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