How can I deal with emotional triggers of eating unhealthy carbs?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Two of the most common triggers of eating unhealthy carbs are loneliness and stress. Unhealthy carbs release feel-good serotonin in the brain, but there are lots of healthy ways to get serotonin as well.

If you’re lonely, it’s as simple as picking up the phone and calling your sponsor or a friend. Have a great conversation, get some support, or make plans to do something fun like see a movie or have a healthy meal together.

If you’re stressed, soothe yourself by doing something relaxing. Take a bubble bath, light a candle, or take a soothing stroll around your neighborhood.
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