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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Do you eat your anger in order to cope with those feelings, rather than deal head on with hurtful or frustrating situations? In the moment, food is an easy distraction from painful emotions, but it’s a temporary solution. Your anger is bound to return and when it does, it’s likely to be accompanied by even more negative emotions, like feeling guilty or ashamed for overeating. Better to deal directly with your anger, by speaking calmly and directly to the source of your anger, if possible. If you can’t speak about your anger, at least write it down in a journal to get it out of your head and onto a piece of paper. You might also try to release the anger in a physical way—through exercise. consider boxing!

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Updated: Sep 6, 2019
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