If you are an emotional overeater, this problem probably began early in your life. As a child, if you were not taught to manage your emotions, you may be at higher risk for engaging in emotional eating as an adult. Or if you had difficulty postponing gratification as a child, threw tantrums, or expressed excessive anger about food, this also would have put you at risk for weight and food issues. The goal is to be able to experience a normal range of emotions without feeling so uncomfortable with those emotions that you use food (or other substances or behaviors) to avoid dealing with them.
Here are a few techniques you can begin to practice to help you end emotional eating:
- When you find yourself wanting to emotional or stress eating, try to identify the emotion you’re feeling and consider what this emotion may be trying to tell you about your situation. Every emotion has a purpose.
- Try not to judge your emotion. Think of emotion as energy that needs to be expressed.
- How can you move or express that energy of emotion in a way that does not hurt yourself or others.
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