WHAT IS EMOTIONAL OVEREATING & 

WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW

It may be helpful to understand just what emotional eating or emotional overeating is.

In really simple terms it means you eat instead of feeling an emotion.

We do this on many levels.

A good majority of the time, we emotionally eat to avoid feeling an uncomfortable feeling/emotion like sadness, despair, depressed, stressed, overwhelmed, confused, indecision, anger. 

We feel a negative emotion, we don’t have effective tools for processing & feeling the emotions, so we go to the easiest thing instinctively: shove a doughnut, brownie, bag of chips in the mouth.

Examples of emotional eating:

1-One of my clients realized that she was eating to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. She didn’t realize that when she needed to tell someone something that she thought might her their feelings, she went and consoled herself with treats etc. before telling the person.

2-One of my clients realized she was feeling resentful because her schedule had changed with the people in her life (the people in her life needed more from her). She didn’t realize she was avoiding feeling resentful of them & to avoid the feeling, she ate more quick food, she ate food that she knew wasn’t good fuel for her body.

3-Another client realized that she was feeling stressed because of her job, she was feeling like her boss was piling the work on her schedule because she was single while co-workers with children went home earlier or had different work-loads. She realized that she was overwhelmed & resentful & as a result would go get a big, sugary latte every day to deal with the stress.

Everything we do is motivated by a feeling. When we eat food that isn’t healthy fuel food & we don’t eat the right types & amounts of food for our bodies to be at their ideal weight, we are usually emotionally eating.

One interesting thing is that we will eat for other emotions that aren’t seemingly negative.

We, as a society, are in the habit of eating to celebrate. Feeling excited to celebrate is definitely a feeling and notice how our societies norms have wired us to think things like: it’s a birthday you must have a huge meal & a big ‘ole cake! Or, you just got a promotion!! 

Let’s go celebrate & have the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!!!

We also eat for boredom. Boredom can sneak up on us. It isn’t exactly a negative emotion, although it can occur as uncomfortable to us. Notice if you are ever just putting something in your mouth because you are bored. If so, you are emotionally eating.

THIS IS GREAT TO KNOW BECAUSE again, everything we do is motivated by a feeling. We can learn to choose the feelings that we want motivating our eating. 

THIS IS GREAT TO KNOW SO THAT WE CAN START TO learn how to create emotions like self-confidence, self-love, self-acceptance, self-compassion, joy, peace, or calmness ON PURPOSE.

I never knew we could choose to create our emotions. Mind blown when I heard that.

It has changed my life. It has changed my body. It has changed my world. I know it can change yours too. 

THIS IS GREAT TO KNOW BECAUSE THE CONTROL IS IN YOUR HANDS!

This is what I’m offering you. Are you coming?  Join me!!

THIS IS WHAT I TEACH IN MY PROGRAM:  

STOP EMOTIONAL OVEREATING!


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WARMTH, HUGS & LOVES TO YOU!

CANDY WRIGHT BURGOYNE, M.A.
CERTIFIED LIFE-COACH, WEIGHT-LOSS COACH, RELATIONSHIP & HEALING COACH
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