Emotional Eating 


The following tips can help you or someone you know deal with emotional eating.

Why are you eating?

The first step to quitting emotional eating is to become aware of why you are eating. Humans feel many different things on any given day, but rarely register these feelings unless they are severe or a drastic change from the norm.

What is missing?

It is important to determine if you are neglecting a part of your life. Spirituality, family, friends/social life, and creative expression are common examples of areas that are important to many people. Although each person is unique, all humans share some common needs. 

What areas need more focus?

Many people eat in an attempt to fill a part of their life that was abandoned. Once you figure out what area needs more focus, you can find effective ways to gain more balance to your life and values. 

Are you planning activities that do not involve food?

Many people have difficulty separating food and the fun of spending time with loved ones. Planning activities that do not revolve around food takes time and energy, but it is well worth the effort. 

Are you prepared?

Preparation is key. Keeping a nutritious snack in your purse, pocket, glove compartment, or desk at work can help to stop you from reaching for the first comforting food that you come across.

Are you controlled by your 'to do' list?

Everyone is bogged down by "to do" lists—lists of the things that absolutely must get done. Then we spend our time furiously trying to get through those lists in order to feel productive. What if you had a "might want to do" list of things that you enjoy doing when you do not have the time or energy to do the things that are on your regular "to do" list? Much of emotional eating takes place during these times. Pulling out the "might want to do" list can help you to plan something fun, rather than mindlessly eating and berating yourself for not completing the things on your "to do" list.