How Emotional Eating Can Sabotage Your Health and Relationships
Having an unhealthy relationship with food can have serious consequences. But taking control of your eating patterns can be as simple as understanding that your emotional highs and lows often drive you to reward and punish yourself with food.
WebMD reports that as much as 75% of overeating is nothing more than a response to your emotions.
Why do we find ourselves eating potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, delivery pizza, ice cream and other comfort foods in excess?
The answer sometimes lies in your emotional state. And this does not just mean negative emotions. Sure, stress, anxiety, loneliness and self-loathing can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food.
But your unhealthy eating habits may also arise from positive emotions. How many times have you “treated yourself” with a big dinner at a fancy restaurant when you achieved some important goal?
What happens on your birthday? All of your friends and family throw you a party to celebrate the anniversary of your birth. This is a positive and happy occasion. But it is very easy for you to let yourself go, eating several pieces of cake, a couple of bowls of ice cream, and plenty of other sugary and unhealthy birthday treats all in excess and throwing off your health and fitness goals.
Understanding that fatigue, anxiety, joy and every other human emotion can drive you to improper eating habits is important if you are ever going to be as healthy as you can be, and reach your ideal body weight.
So the next time you are about to eat, resist the urge for just 5 minutes. During that time, ask yourself why you are eating. Drink 6 to 8 ounces of water, and be very honest with yourself. Are you eating to reward or punish some type of behavior or emotion?
This simple pause and conversation with yourself can lead to a healthy relationship with food, where you do not surrender to emotional eating all the time.
If you’re wanting to learn how to relax into your eating and understand how to have a healthy relationship with food and your body, contact me and let’s get you started on your journey to a better mind-body nutrition balance.