9 Sagely Effective Ways to Banish Emotional Eating ...

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Emotional Eating is a common, albeit unhealthy, coping mechanism.

So many people do it.

I mean, raise your hand if you ever use emotional eating to cope with stress, anger or sadness – believe me, my hand is raised, too.

It can make you feel better in the short term, but in the long term it feels worse, and it certainly doesn't do anything for what you're actually feeling at the time.

There are so many better ways to cope with negative feelings – but first you have to stop emotional eating, and here are several ways you can do that.

1. Distract Yourself

Distract Yourself

If you find yourself about to start an emotional eating binge, distracting yourself might be the best option.

Do something else, like take a walk, read a book, or even chew on a toothpick.

If it's an oral fixation kind of thing, try a lollipop or a piece of gum.

2. Shift the Focus

Shift the Focus

Shifting the focus of your emotions is a good idea too.

I know that's not always possible, but if you can, focus on something else.2

Try to figure out why you're feeling sad, angry, or stressed.

Make yourself think about something that inspires happiness instead.

Go talk to a friend or a family member, play with your dog, or heck, even hop online and read All Women Stalk!

3. Determine Your Hunger Quotient

Determine Your Hunger Quotient

Hunger isn't usually a factor of emotional eating.2

I don't know about you, but I rarely feel hungry when I eat emotionally.

So before you start eating, try to think about whether or not you're actually hungry.

If you are, then turn to portion control instead.

Don't eat just to feel a void.

4. Listen to Your Body's Clues

Listen to Your Body's Clues

For that matter, your body will tell you when it's full.

Listen to those clues, and behave accordingly.

Don't make yourself eat when you're not really hungry, even if you're upset or tense.

Instead, also try to understand the messages your body is sending about how it feels.

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