Many women are concerned about emotional eating, yet it’s a normal and natural part of being human. It’s only when emotional eating is in control and you feel unable to make your own eating decisions that it rises to the level of “problem.” There’s no nutritional need for cake and champagne, but life would be less rich without such treats occasionally.

When assessing your emotional eating, don’t beat yourself up for times you’ve eaten outside of hunger, or things you’ve eaten that are less than densely nutritional. If you find yourself experiencing strong cravings, routinely overeating, or binging then it’s time to assess. Much emotional eating is a reaction to prior restriction which is another reason why diets don’t work. You will likely find that when you reinforce your intuitive eating that the emotional eating naturally lessens. This isn’t a quick fix and may take some time, as well as experience allowing formerly forbidden or rejected foods.

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