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What is emotional eating and when does it become a problem?

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There is a lot of talk about emotional eating these days, especially within the diet industry where it has become somewhat of a stigma.

But what is it?  Is it ok?  And if so, at what point does it become a problem?

Emotional eating is actually a very normal and common phenomenon. It is the act of enjoying food to soothe or distract yourself from difficult emotions.

I am sure you have been there – you have felt sad, lonely or bored and so reached for the cookies to help you feel better.  It is your body’s way of making you happy.

Even the most normal eaters do this, they reach for comfort foods from time to time, and don’t worry too much about it.  This is because they have also developed other ways of coping with their emotions also, food isn’t their own escape mechanism.

The issues arise when chronic dieters eat emotionally.  They are coming at it from a place of restriction and they feel deprived.

So not only will they biologically want to overeat, they will feel like they have failed and that there is no going back once they do.

This black and white mentality will scream, ‘you have screwed up, may as well get what you can and start again tomorrow!’

And no amount of distraction techniques will prevent this.

They will therefore eat beyond comforting their emotions and the guilt will follow very soon after.

Not only will they eat to excess, but they will also find that food is their ONLY way of coping with unpleasant feelings.

This is because food has become an obsession.

In the long run, it is essential to identify your triggers to emotional overeating so that you can indeed develop more satisfying ways to deal with how you are feeling.

However, the first step is to address your diet mentality.

Until you have stopped restricting and are nourishing your body appropriately, any alternative strategies will not last for long….

And this is exactly what my nutrition coaching programme can offer you – it will take you through the exact steps required for you to let go of those debilitating diet thoughts and heal your relationship with food.