What makes emotional eating such a big part of many people's lives? Nutritionist at Just For Today LLC, Lana Levy, MS, RYT, tells us what the real root cause of the problem is, and how to avoid it.
Lana: People use food as a way to deal with stress and as a way to deal with anxiety. The eating itself is not the root cause of the problem, so when people eat they're not dealing with their stress, they're not dealing with their anxiety, and so the problem continues. And on top of that they gain weight, they eat more, they feel depressed, and so the problem continues. Emotional eating is something that many people deal with. In a lot of ways it's similar to having a problem with shopping, people, uh, feel sad, they feel depressed, they shop, they feel anxious, they shop. And so food can be the same thing. And really the best way to try to deal with those situations is to have a support system around you. Have a friend, have a family member that you can reach out to during times of stress, and during times of anxiety. Another way is to find something to fill that time, so that way if you feel sad, if you feel depressed, that you can use something else as a distraction, use something else to lift your mood. I recommend to people that if they have a hobby that they enjoy, if they like to write, sometimes even keeping a journal of your moods helps you to decide and determine how to deal with your mood the next time you feel sad, and to prevent yourself from overeating the next time it happens.
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