Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there and the cycle of emotional eating becomes a terrible habit and very destructive to our minds and bodies.
I have been an emotional eater since a young child and have very vivid memories of craving sweets and eating to make myself feel better. My best friend sometimes was a hostess cake, her name was Susie Q.
I still struggle with emotional eating, but I have more control and tools to help me. It takes a lot of will power, self-exploration, coaching and therapy to truly end the cycle , and when we are addicted to food and we take it away it is very hard at first. Emotional eating is food addiction!
You can emotionally overeat anything as well. When you are binging and out of control there are no foods off limits to the crazy! Sugar and Salt are most likely if they are in your house but if all you have is carrots then that might be your binge of choice. It is not the food it is our mindset and our lack of control; many foods are addicting like sugar and salt which can make the situation even worse.
There is hope though, starting with the acknowledgment that you have a “problem” and you are not in control. Journaling your overeating, making small commitments to yourself to replace your out of control eating with other habits. Want a cookie, go outside and get out of the house long enough to let the urge pass. Sometimes it is easier than others to replace out good habits with bad ones but if you do not start small and consistently challenge yourself in this area you will never get anywhere.
Here a few steps you can take right now: