For many of us emotions – like boredom, sadness, loneliness or even happiness - play a large role in our food cravings and habits. In fact, as much as 75% of overeating may be attributed to our emotions.
Taking a moment to pause and consider what’s really behind your desire for comfort foods and empty calories could be a good way to begin to understand the role your emotions play. Further, once you understand what is driving your desires you can start to make little changes and develop healthier ways of dealing with your emotions.
1. Identify triggers for the cravings.
2. Create other ways to cope or celebrate.
3. Find alternative comfort foods.
For some, cravings can be intense depending on how long the go-to food or drink has been in place to get you through tough times or pared with celebrating good times. Depending on the intensity, breaking free from the clutches of emotional eating may require extensive counseling. But, don’t let this be a deterrent to getting a path to a healthier you – realizing how your emotions are affecting you is the first step.