Emotional eating cues
Whether you’re angry at yourself, another person or a situation, you stifle your feelings using food rather than confronting them and releasing them. It’s easier to smother a problem than to deal with it.
You think: Nothing really matters anyway. Nothing’s ever going to change or get better for me. So, why should I care about my health or weight? Besides, eating makes me feel better. (Please note: extreme feelings of hopelessness are typical of chronic depression. Please talk to a mental health professional if you find yourself feeling perpetually hopeless.)
3. Lack of Control
You think: My life is out of control. There is nothing in it that I am in charge of. Everyone and everything around me rules my life. Except for eating… I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want it. So I will.
4. Feeling Unappreciated
Perhaps you’ve accomplished something exceptional at work and no one has noticed. Or maybe you’ve made a personal achievement you’d dreamed of for years. But no one at home shares your pride. You find yourself tempted to congratulate yourself by “treating” yourself to a binge.
There’s nothing to do. Nowhere to go. Perhaps you feel lonely, too. There’s nothing at home to occupy your mind or your hours. But there is a pantry full of comfort food that will kill some of that empty time.
I think we all might be surprised how often we actually when we aren’t really hungry. Now if I could just find the energy to go to the gym.