Week 5 – Dealing with Emotional Eating

Many people say they experience “Emotional Eating”. 

So what is emotional eating?

Emotional eating is eating in response to any emotion or sensation – be those positive or negative ones. For example, sadness, disappointment, loneliness, frustration, stress or even joy, happiness or celebration.

In other words, sometimes it is not actually emotional eating, per se, but rather it’s the “drive to eat” that is strong and the emotions serve as triggers for eating.  And in that situation, when appetite control is taken care of, then emotional eating settles down too.

For others, they’ve learnt to use food as a comfort or even to push strong feelings away. High fat and high sugar foods, in particular, can actually increase levels of our neurotransmitters – dopamine and noradrenaline in the brain which can provide a sense of wellbeing.

In this situation, identifying the underlying emotion, learning how to name it, sit with it and then move through it, can be helpful in overcoming emotional eating without turning to food.

Check out the module “Stress and Emotional Eating” for more information about dealing with emotions in a healthy and constructive way.

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