Are You an Emotional Eater?

“We have no reason to overeat when our mind is settled and at peace”   Doreen Virtue

Food is necessary, but not as important as we have made it. We have made food such an indispensable part of our lives, that the thought of going without food is something we never consider. Food has one purpose and one purpose only; to provide the energy the body needs to maintain the body functions necessary to sustain life and to perform some aspects of physical activity.  Anytime that we eat, and it is not to fuel our body’s energetic needs, we are likely eating to fuel our body’s emotional needs. 

Do you eat when you feel bored, stressed, angry or sad? Do you eat when you are not really hungry, but simply out of habit? Do you struggle to release weight? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is likely you are an emotional eater. At the core of emotional eating and overeating is a dissatisfaction with life and with ourselves. When we engage in emotional eating and overeating it is not the food we crave or want, but the feeling or emotion that we need.  

Whether we want to admit it or not, it is the truth. We eat to feel joy, peace, comfort, relaxed, or calm. Emotional eating is more readily triggered by negative emotions such as anger, fear, tension, and shame. 

To understand emotional and overeating is to understand that the root cause is emotional hunger, not physical hunger. Emotional eating and overeating are tied directly to a desire to experience a particular emotion, and this is accomplished by eating foods which give us the desired feeling. You desire certain foods because they elicit certain emotions, and we will eat until the desired emotion is felt.

Emotional eating can be conquered, and weight can be released. Remember, we don’t want to lose weight. When we lose something, we want to find it and retrieve it. We do not want to lose weight because we don’t want to find it again.   

Instead, we aim to release weight. Release has an energy of lovingly and gently letting go of something that no longer serves us. We can learn to navigate our emotions to avoid emotional and overeating. I have found 7 strategies to overcome my battle with emotional eating. Yes, I am an emotional eater.  In my FREE E-book, Confessions of an Emotional Eater:7 Ways to Gain Freedom Over Your Fork, I describe what emotional eating is, provide a quiz to determine what kind of emotional eater you are, and list my 7 tried and true strategies to overcome emotional eating.

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