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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Look to Yourself

To be successful, you have to believe in yourself and stay motivated by an ongoing belief that you can accomplish anything you set out to do. You can’t be happy and successful all the time; that’s not realistic. But you can learn to focus on your successes, not on your failures. You can push yourself to keep seeking solutions rather than losing hope or giving up when you hit an obstacle. Other people can help to a large degree, but it’s up to you to find your strengths and use them to do the inner work, the emotional work that only you can do. (Photo:Unsplash, Lesly Juarez)

Updated: Sep 4, 2019
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