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 about such treats.

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. And keep in mind that much emotional eating is a reaction to prior restriction which is another reason why diets don’t work.

Why Experts Say Emotional Eating Isn’t Always a Bad Thing | Well + Good