We’ve all heard of “emotional eaters”. I always thought I knew what “emotional eating” meant. I thought it was that thing you do when something saddens you and you decide to spend the day on the sofa drowning your sorrows with ice cream and Netflix. Well, it is that. But it’s so much more!
Would you believe that the vast majority of us have not felt true hunger since we were babies or toddlers? True hunger is felt in the back of the mouth or the throat and is why babies naturally cry when they are hungry! Do you know the feeling I’m talking about? I’m guessing you don’t!
Most people would describe hunger as shakiness, headaches, belly growls, even light headedness. If those symptoms aren’t hunger, what are they? Those physical symptoms are actual the digestion of sugars, salt, and chemicals from toxic foods and them leaving the body. Every time you eat these foods which are part of the Standard American Diet, you are spiking your blood sugar. Most of us eat these things regularly. What you body is actually feeling are the symptoms of sugar withdrawal!
Emotional eating is everything else. These things include thinking you’re hungry just because it’s lunch break at work or it’s dinnertime, believing you need a snack because someone brought doughnuts into the office, or craving a treat because they’re serving refreshments at the function you’re attending. Other forms of emotional eating are associated with memories or travel. You may visit a family member’s home and feel you “need” to eat some of those cookies because they’re mom’s old recipe, or simply because you haven’t had something since you were a kid. On trips you may try things because they are specific or traditional for a certain area, or maybe complimentary meals are included with your package. These are all examples of emotional eating.
There is certainly nothing wrong with indulging occasionally, but I challenge you to start paying closer attention to what, when, where, and why you are eating. There doesn’t need to be a major traumatic event to trigger emotional eating. If you are one of those people trying to take control of your diet, understanding what emotional eating really is may be the first step to finally reaching your goals.
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