If you respond to any emotional situation—happy or sad—by overeating, and you want to stop, there are solutions. But you’re not going to find them in your refrigerator, on a pastry cart, or in a restaurant. You’ll have to look deeper. First step: Learn to recognize and acknowledge emotional overeating for what it is so you can start eating to satisfy real hunger, and not give in to a habit of using food to distract yourself from dealing with feelings.

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Find Your Balance

Living a balanced life means you’re basically satisfied with all or most aspects of your life. It means you are meeting your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. When it comes to food and eating, imbalance means your diet contains too little of the most healthful foods or too much of the least healthiest foods. An imbalance in other areas of your life can lead to emotional eating that throws off your physical balance so that you become sick, or lethargic, or overweight. To find your balance, work to improve those areas of your life where you are unhappy or unsatisfied. (Photo:Unsplash, Sean Stratton)

Updated: Sep 4, 2019
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