Updated: Dec 11, 2021
Do you find yourself curled up on the couch with a bowl of ice cream or bag of chips after bad day? Or rummaging through the pantry for cookies or crackers when you're not really hungry? We've all been there. Chances are you're not really hungry at all. This is most likely a symptom of something else, like anxiety, stress, or sadness.
From a young age we have been programmed to use food as a coping mechanism. To soothe our emotions rather than get in touch with what is really going on inside our heads. It's like giving a kid a sucker after getting a needle at a doctor's visit to distract them and take their mind off of it. Whenever we celebrate a holiday or birthday, we celebrate with food - and it's usually indulgent food that we wouldn't have every day. We have been wired to reward ourselves with food. so food becomes a source of pleasure. And it's the rich, sugary, fattening foods that become that source of pleasure. Who celebrates a milestone birthday or achievement with celery sticks? No one. It's always cakes or cookies, or pie, and ice cream. Over time, our brain learns to associate these types foods with pleasure and happiness.
The workbook below is a great tool to help identify your own unique triggers to emotional eating. Once we know the triggers, we can begin to understand why we have them, and create healthier ways to deal with these emotions that don't involve a 900 calorie binge.
Just click the link below to download.