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Do you find your emotions fuel your eating?


Your boss gives you a hard time. Your partner is moaning at you. Your kids are driving you nuts. Before you know it, you are knee-deep in Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food (that’s my favourite).

Emotional eating is something that happens to all of us at some point, and you know what - it’s ok!

Here are a few strategies that you can implement that help to curb the need for food.

  • Pause, and take a step back.

  • Try some deep breathing for a few minutes.

  • Name the feeling; are you sad, angry, tired?

  • Ask yourself; "Am I actually hungry for this food, or am I just reaching for support?"

What can you use to match your feelings? If you are feeling sad, can you watch something funny to cheer yourself up? If you are feeling angry, can you call a friend and chat through things to make you feel better?

The important thing to remember is that there is nothing wrong with you. Food is a perfectly reasonable coping strategy - we just don’t want it to be the only one you use.

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