If you’re an emotional eater, different situations trigger emotions that send you running to the fridge (or the donut shop) even though you’re not really hungry. Or, cause you to overeat even though you’ve already had enough. Some of those situations—family relationships, for example—can lead to an all-out binge. You can’t avoid feelings the way you can avoid going into a fast-food restaurant or buying candy at the movies. Managing emotional food triggers begins with identifying patterns of emotional eating and learning to cope with feelings in healthier, non-food related ways, on your own or with the help of family, friends or a professional counselor.

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Even people who aren’t emotional eaters will occasionally turn to food when they can’t think of anything else to do with themselves. But if you regularly feed your emotions, boredom can become a big problem. The obvious solution is to find something else to do that lasts longer and is ultimately more satisfying than eating.

It may just be a matter of experimenting until you find the things you enjoy doing in life and then pushing yourself to continue doing them. You may first have to carefully examine your boredom to figure out what’s stopping you from trying new and different things.

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Updated: Sep 6, 2019
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