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Today’s show is about emotional eating and overeating, why we do it, and how to overcome it.

I once read that emotional hunger cannot be satisfied with food and it is spot on. So many of us eat for the sake of eating, eat to deal with different stresses, and eat based on our moods
Although you’ve likely heard this on social, food is not just fuel. It’s not just “gas” for your “car”. It’s far more complex than that.

It has deep social and emotional roots and is ingrained into almost every aspect of our lives.
Much of our lives revolve around eating and drinking; we gather for family dinners and reunions, holidays, BBQ’s, and birthdays. We celebrate promotions and new babies with a party that involves drinking and eating. We invite old friends out and do what? Go for a drink. We go on dates and eat. There always seems to be a reason to eat and drink.

One of the main reasons traditional diets fail is because you’re forced to sacrifice and/or deprive yourself of all the things you enjoy and missing out on social events that revolve around food.
Food and drinks are also used as a quick pick me up when you’re feeling down, stressed, or lonely. It’s always there for you 24/7.

People eat for so many emotionally based reasons including:

  • Bored
  • Tired
  • Stressed
  • Sadness
  • Overwhelmed
  • Weather
  • Social events
  • Time of day
  • As a reward

Emotional eating isn’t inherently bad but it usually is. We tend to look for sweet, salty, junk foods or alcohol when we’re going through one of these emotions. And that’s causing a decline in our health and an over consumption of calories.

The key is to understand that you are, in fact, overeating because of an emotional response and then take responsibility for it. Then you can start to work towards making changes.
Today’s show will offer up some ideas and strategies to help.

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