If you want to be healthier, here are 4 signs you’re an emotional eater – with tools to stop.
In modern times, sugary, fattening, chemical-laden treats await us on almost every street corner.
It’s no wonder so many of us struggle to suppress our cravings. For many, food is an addiction, a drug that makes them comforted and happy, so they keep coming back for more.
Unfortunately, far too many people tend to consume food in order to combat feelings of anxiety or stress.
So, how do you know if you’re an emotional eater, and what can you do to change these habits?
Think about when you were an infant: your mom fed you in her arms, which gave you the notion that food and comfort go hand-in-hand. This association between eating and feelings of safety gets carried into adulthood, which may explain why so many of us run to food every time life gets tough.
You eat in order to fill a void in your life.
Maybe you just broke up with your boyfriend. What do you do? Head straight for the grocery store, stock up on ice cream, chips, and frozen pizza, and drown your sorrows in junk food. Why? Well, scientifically speaking, your brain needs serotonin in order to keep your emotions stable and regulate your appetite. When you get stressed, your serotonin levels drop, your cortisol (stress) levels spike, making you run toward the fastest method of increasing your feel-good hormones: food.
You usually reward yourself for accomplishments with some type of junk food or beverage.
Treating yourself for special occasions every once in a while is fine. As they say, everything in moderation. However, it becomes a problem when you pick up fast food every day after work or have a night of binge-eating after every single difficult test you pass in college.
Little else brings you happiness in life other than food.
You have gotten to the point where you view food as the only source of happiness in your life. You dislike your life the majority of the time, so you rely on food to mask the pain you feel.
I am a recovered stress eater and founder of the video course Stop Emotional Eating – a life-changing online home course – with fascinating research on the root causes of overeating – and willpower tools which stick. I’m passionate about helping people to END bad eating habits for good.