Emotional Eating : how often have these feelings led to these consequences –
Angry + lonely = ice cream.
Hurt = chocolate.
Bored + cookies = guilt.
We've all let our feelings overrule our appetites and then regretted it.
Many of us have, at one time or another, eaten beyond our hunger—and I don't just mean at Christmas. Millions of people regularly turn to food during times of stress, sadness, anger or frustration. They eat in response to their emotions instead of their appetites. And once they get used to dealing with their feelings in this way, they find it almost impossible to remember what true hunger feels like.
When I first meet with a client who appears to have some issues with food, I usually ask her to draw a pie chart with each segment representing an important area of her life - such as health and fitness, family, friends, career, spirituality. Then I ask her to cross off the areas she feels are going pretty well. The segments that aren't crossed off represent the parts of her...