Emotional Eating

woman eating a pumpkin pie

Emotional eating isn’t about hunger. It’s about comfort, relieving stress, fighting boredom, loneliness and rewarding ourselves. If you struggle with emotional eating chances are you’ve been in overdrive since the pandemic. Emotional eating is a coping mechanism to survive life circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fix our problems, it exacerbates them.

Emotional eating leads to overeating, overeating leads to weight gain, weight gain leads to obesity and obesity leads to health complications. To combat emotional eating we must identify emotional hunger vs. physical hunger.

Emotional hunger comes on suddenlyPhysical hunger comes on gradually
Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantlyPhysical hunger can wait
Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foodsPhysical hunger is open to options—lots of things sound good
Emotional hunger isn’t satisfied with a full stomachPhysical hunger stops when you’re full
Emotional eating triggers feelings of guilt, powerlessness, and shameEating to satisfy physical hunger doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself

The next time you reach for food, ask yourself, is it Emotional or Physical?

Keep It Fit,


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