Emotional eating is more complex than you might think. This insightful article shares multiple approaches to understanding emotional eating.
However, keep in mind that much emotional eating is normal and part of a healthy balance. After all, no one physically “needs” birthday cake or champagne, but what fun would life be without some of these type of indulgences? Additionally, cravings and other emotional eating are a normal response to deprivation. If you are a chronic dieter or often restrict food groups you can expect cravings to arise. This is your body responding normally.
To address emotional eating, whether it’s due to stress or another emotion, it’s essential to stop dieting. After that you can begin to pause and listen to your emotions in order to understand your real needs beyond the food you’re craving.
In a 2013 survey by the American Psychological Association, 27 percent of adults reported that they eat to manage stress. Out of those people, 34 percent said they overeat or eat unhealthy foods when they’re experiencing tension…“Common culprits for busy people are exhaustion, stress, emotions that feel too difficult (or time consuming), and lack of self-care.”