What exactly does being an emotional eater mean?
When you think of emotional eating, what comes to mind?
Scarfing down an entire package of Oreo cookies? Or eating a pint of Ben & Jerry then a bag of chips in one sitting?
Emotional eating doesn’t necessarily have to show up as binge eating comfort foods.
Eating emotionally could mean that you eat when you’re feeling stressed, angry, anxious, scared, nervous, upset, overwhelmed, or bored. You’ve most likely disconnected with your body and its hunger signals. You may have even disconnected from the way the food you’re eating tastes. You may eat distracted while watching TV or scrolling Instagram. You’re using food to numb the feelings that you’re having and escape your life.
The worst part about eating emotionally is that it doesn’t help improve the feelings you’re having. Those feelings you had will still be there, along with a side of guilt or shame from eating when you weren’t hungry or overeating.
Does this sound like you? This was definitely me! I spent years in this cycle of overeating to numb my emotions, feeling guilty, then feeling like I was an epic failure. This was usually followed with me trying to “fix” myself by going on a diet or getting rid of all the ice cream in my freezer. Well, food wasn’t the problem!
When I finally made peace with food, I experienced a huge shift in my mind and body. I finally feel freedom with food and don’t feel that pull to raid my kitchen when I’m feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious.
Which is why I created a quick quiz for you to take to find out if you eat emotionally. I also included a free download that will help you begin to heal your relationship with food.