Do you ever have a rough day and reach for a bowl of ice cream or glass of wine? Maybe you’re bored, so you grab a snack. Or maybe you’re so stressed by remote learning and virtual work that you decide you need to eat – which turns into a way of procrastinating and putting off an intimidating to do list.
Using food to respond to emotions is common.
In fact, over 1 in 3 people report emotional eating – and this number has only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely one of those 1 in 3.
So what exactly is emotional eating and what can we do about it?
Emotional eating is a coping mechanism when you consume large quantities of food in response to feelings instead of hunger.
Here are some tangible steps you can take to limit emotional eating:
While emotional eating can negatively impact your daily life, you’re not in this alone. You have the power to take control and many people who can help you along the way!
Mary-Catherine is a military spouse, registered dietitian, business owner, and dog mama. She’s also a lover of outdoor activities, warm weather, traveling, inspirational quotes, and all things handmade.
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