In my last video, Why do we turn to food?, I shared a little bit about my long struggle with eating. I asked you to think about why you eat, when you eat, and what you eat so we could do a little more work in this video to help you decode emotional eating. Thank you for all of your comments and insights!
Bottom line: When a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating can never satisfy it. However, your emotions can give you clues about how to meet your true needs.
Eating out of habit or for emotional reasons creates a very predictable pattern that I call the Overeating Cycle:
Sometimes, figuring out why you eat is the easy part. The harder part is figuring out what to do about it!
Many of you posted about emotional eating. Use the fill-in-the-blank script I shared with you in the video to decode you emotions: Think about a situation when you are likely to overeat. Identify the emotion(s) you typically experience in that situation, then think about what information that emotion is telling you about your underlying need(s). Now, what is one step you can take to meet that need more effectively than eating?
Please post your insights and questions in the comments section. I’ll check in to see if anyone needs any help figuring it out! (Don’t be concerned if your comment doesn’t show up right away. We have to approve them to prevent spam.)
In my next video, I’m going to talk about an important but hidden causes of emotional eating.
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