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What exactly is emotional eating? Emotional eating is overeating or eating to comfort and soothe an emotion. Here are a few types of emotional eaters:
- The Bored Eater: When you eat because you are bored, you are trying to soothe the feeling of boredom.
- The Grazing Eater: When you find yourself grazing and picking at food all day long. This might be to stifle the chronic sense of underlying anxiety or fear.
- The Procrastinating Eater: You eat something in a way to say, “I’m too busy to do that right now.” The procrastination of a task is avoiding whatever feeling or emotion that task triggers.
- The Screw it! Eater: When you feel fed up and frustrated from a situation or a long stressful day, “screw it eating!” is where you just throw your hands up in the air and say forget it and eat whatever is convenient.
- Night Cap Eater: You might have nighttime binge eating when you find yourself after dinner unable to get enough food. You may not even understand what emotion or emotions you are trying to soothe with food.
- The ‘I Deserve It Eater’: You worked hard and are tired after a long day. You tell yourself that you’ve earned the right to eat all those treats in your house or drive by your favorite fast food place for some comfort foods so you don’t have to cook.
- The Last Supper Binge Eater: I am going to start again tomorrow, so I will just eat everything I can now because I won’t be able to eat it ever again on the diet I’m starting tomorrow!
- The Secret Eater: On your way home, you think about getting your favorite food through the drive through and hiding the evidence. When no one is looking, you grab what you can and scarf it down without even really tasting it. You eat without worrying about dirty looks from others.
- The Rebel Eater: You notice that once you tell yourself you can’t have a food on your new diet, all of a sudden, you have a huge craving for that food, even though you haven’t had any desire to eat that food in months! You crave the foods you deprive yourself of, or you may even think, “I can’t have it. Well watch me!” and you scarf it all down.
How do you relate? What type or types of emotional eating do you struggle with? When do you notice this type of eating showing up for you?
To learn more about emotional eating, visit Blissfully Healthy or contact women’s wellness coach Emmie Perez and founder of Blissfully Healthy for a no-obligation consultation.