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Emotional Eating

Written by Erica Paredes

Emotional eating can become a serious problem for some and when it comes to weight loss, there's no bigger obstacle we face than ourselves.

There is a difference between a hunger pang and an intense craving; either way we can't live without the very food that will sustain our bodies. Emotional eating can become a serious problem for some and when it comes to weight loss, there's no bigger obstacle we face than ourselves.

The occasional PMS finds all of us women looking for certain types of food to satisfy a craving, but when that period (pun intended) rolls over we're back to our natural routine. For some, however, food begins to serve as impulsive solutions to soothing every kind of emotion. They eat when they're happy, sad, frustrated, anxious, or excited leaving no room for thought or the body to properly digest what they just absorbed.

Often abuse, stress, or traumas contribute to emotional indulgence in food. Here are a few ways we can help ourselves differentiate next time we feel a compulsion to eat out our sorrows:

- Wait for the grumble. Usually a craving is specific. You want a particular type of bread, seasoning, sweetener, or spice. With a craving anything will do. When you're truly hungry, however, anything you can your hands on will do. Wait for the grumble before trying to soothe a craving.

- Stray from impulse. Again, emotional eating demands things instantly. Stray from impulse and save yourself the extra pounds by thinking twice and observing your physical hunger.

- Guilt, guilt, guilt. Emotions are tied to blame and guilt. I want you to look into yourself first before acting on impulse. Emotional eating is often accompanied by the guilt that having eaten actually brings.

Emotional eating can be conquered. It might seem easier said that done, but practice these good habits and you will come to know and understand that you are more than your cravings.



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Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.



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