Episode 8: Emotional Eating
This episode is a continuation of me giving a brief summary of each of the 10 Intuitive Eating principles as written in the book Intuitive Eating by dietitians Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. In this episode, I discuss emotional eating. Why do we eat when we're not hungry? Many times we are using food to avoid feelings such as sadness, stress, anxiety, or anger. Other times we may eat because we are bored, procrastinating, or even celebrating.
On the road to intuitive eating, tackling emotional eating and ending the use of food to avoid feeling certain emotions is probably one of the most important steps. If you're eating emotionally on a regular basis you are not eating according to true feelings of hunger. Eating emotionally is not always a problem; we all do it here and there and that's perfectly fine. But when we eat emotionally on a regular basis and have no other coping mechanisms other than to use food, we simply are not meeting our needs on an emotional or spiritual level.
Listen here as I discuss signs of emotional eating, triggers, and ways to plan ahead and prevent emotional eating.