The link between your health and diet is undeniable. If you eat healthier food, your body will feel healthier. This connection is easy to make, but there is one connection between food and health that isn’t as easy to see: why are you eating? It’s easy to answer as you’re eating because you’re hungry, but are you really? There is an important connection between why you are eating and the state of your emotional health. Emotional eating is tied not to how food makes your stomach feel, but how it makes your heart feel. This type of eating can very quickly spiral out of control, so it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of emotional eating.
You Eat When You’re Stressed
Is your boss on your case to finish up the project not just on time, but early? Are the kids riding your last nerve like the latest hit roller coaster at the amusement park? It is very easy to turn towards food for comfort in these stressful times. Food is an easy coping mechanism, as it triggers pleasure centers in the brain. This cycle feeds the cycle of emotional eating. The next time you feel stressed, you don’t feel the guilt of turning to alcohol or worse. It’s just food, after all. Unfortunately, the types and amount of food that satisfy this need often are unhealthy for you in the long term. If you eat when you’re stressed, especially on a regular basis, you are acting as an emotional eater.
Keep going for more signs you are an emotional eater.