It’s no wonder that people turn to food for comfort and ‘emotional eat’ when their moods are at their lowest. Sometimes, even the most positive of feelings can trigger food cravings.
While many of us can relate to ‘Emotional Eating’, some of us may be wondering why our food cravings tend to increase sometimes. Let’s have a look at why we may be emotional eating:
We eat to subside the hunger we naturally feel. However, we often run to the fridge or kitchen to find comfort, but in doing so, we tend to go for more junk food and mindless eating when we are stressed or anxious.
Emotional eating is when you eat to fill your sentimental needs instead of hunger and crave comfort foods. It comes on suddenly and makes you use food to fill the void you feel when you are down. Nevertheless, it plays no part in making you feel better. Instead, you end up feeling guilty about eating all the junk and may even gain extra weight.
Let’s look deeper into more reasons why you eat to satisfy your sentimental needs. Here are some of the most common causes of sudden hunger pangs that come with overflowing feelings.
Be it financial issues, family problems, workload or feeling stressed out; these are the most common causes of emotional eating, sometimes called stress eating. With the stress hormones kicking in, we tend to crave more sugary or fried foods to find relief and get that boost of energy.
On the contrary, happiness plays a part in emotional eating too. We tend to feel an increase in appetite when we are overjoyed. We turn to every sort of food and fill ourselves more than usual. It is common to eat more when you are content, as you can hardly say no to food!
Anger is an emotion we would rather not feel; it makes us do many things that we wouldn’t normally do, like saying things we shouldn’t. Similarly, we eat things to calm us down and soothe our frustration.
Feeling lonely, bored, and dissatisfied triggers the need to fill ourselves with comfort and keep ourselves occupied. Hence, naturally, we turn to food for solace and enjoyment.
After learning the common causes, you may be wondering if you are an emotional eater too. Have you been eating all those sweet treats just because of some change in your life? Let’s find out.
Identify if you do the following to see if you are prone to emotional eating:
For some of you, emotional eating might feel good. For others, it may leave you feeling guilty. Learning to regulate each emotion with something else other than food will help you lead a healthier life.
We at TLC (The Lifestyle Club) serve to find healthier options for you if you feel you are an emotional eater. Our Founder, Maria, offers one-to-one consultations that can help you find other ways to feed your feelings rather than junk food.
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