Almost every one of you, over eat at some situations in your life, which is quite common.
But, if you try to overeat regularly at certain situations like stress, anger or loneliness, then you might be suffering with emotional eating disorder.
Emotional eating is the practice of eating more quantities of food than usually required. It is considered as emotional response to your feelings instead of hunger.
Usually, people with emotional eating snack junk or comfort foods, whenever they lose their control over emotions.
So, if you are the one suffering with such kind of eating disorder, before exploring the exact solution for your problem, try to know the connection between mood and food.
How mood is linked with food?
Certain major life events such as health problems, divorce, traumatic events, unemployment and daily life hassles like stress at work, bad weather and changes in routine life mainly triggers emotions, which can certainly lead to emotional eating. But, why does this happen?
Some foods in your routine life might apparently have certain addictive qualities. For instance, when you eat certain tempting foods, such as chocolates, your body tends to de-stress your mood level and provides better satisfaction for you by simply elevating hormones. This example simply proves that the pleasure of having tempting or comfort foods usually offsets your negative emotions.
Food also acts as a distracting source for you, particularly at tensed events in your life. If you are anxious about any upcoming event, eating your comfort food can distract you from tension. But remember, this distraction is only temporary.
When you complete eating comfort foods, your attention again returns to your worries and now you can feel additional burden of guilt about emotional eating.
What are the common triggers of emotional eating?
Emotional eating can be easily prevented if you succeed in recognizing the main triggers of emotional eating. Certain most common triggers of emotional eating mainly include:
- Loneliness: Very often, most of you with emotional eating habit [Healthy Eating Habits] use food for your companionship, whenever you experience loneliness in your routine life. There will be nothing at your home to occupy your hours and mind, but certainly there will be pantry full of comfort food for you that can help you to eliminate or alleviate your loneliness.
- Anger: Whether you are angry at others or at yourself, you’ll try to stifle your feelings of anger with food rather than facing the other individual, who is responsible for your anger.
- Anxiousness: It is quite easy for you to fall into emotional eating habit, whenever you feel anxious or worried with any kind of undesirable circumstances in your life.
So, these are only few common triggers of emotional eating. If you feel that you are suffering with emotional eating, try to explore all those potential triggers of emotional eating and try to stay away from them as possible as you can to avoid various undesirable health consequences in your future life.