Stressors are not uncommon in today’s culture—long work hours, difficult co-workers, or relationship struggles, among so many others. Does a tub of ice cream or a bag of chips call your name when you are overcome with anxiety or stress? If this sounds like your life, you may very well be an emotional eater and, if you are, you are all too familiar with the cycle.
Emotional eating is more than just a “binge” on your favorite foods. Emotional eating is when we eat in response to some type of emotional trigger, such as stress, boredom or sadness. This response of eating is an attempt to feel better (manage) the emotions with food. Emotional eating is often thought of as a way to cope with negative feelings, but it is actually inclusive of all emotions, negative and positive.