What is emotional eating?
Watch as Dr. Judi Hollis discusses emotional eating.
All I found was that figuring it out gave me even better reasons to explain and justify my behavior.
So I could stand in front of the refrigerator and explain to you why I was doing this. [MUSIC PLAYING]
At some level, you must know that you do eat for emotional reasons. Most of us really eat a lot more than we
need to just stoke that engine for a 24-hour period. We're not using food as fuel, where you see it
as an object for comfort. Those of us who are over-eaters-- and that includes myself-- we eat because our team won or because it lost.
We eat to celebrate. We eat to mourn. We eat in any heightened awareness state,
where we're usually taught that quite young, from infancy to early childhood, that any distress, something
oral, something by mouth, will fix it. So the only way to really know if you are or aren't eating
emotionally is to initially get put on some kind of a food plan where you know you are eating just the amount you
need to stoke the engine. Then, any cravings, or seeking out, or hunting out food other
than those times will probably be emotional eating. So when people say, why am I eating?
What are my emotions I'm eating over? What I like to say to people is if you want to find out why you're eating, don't.
It's when you stop eating that you will find out what your eating is about. When you don't eat at that time, and you instead
sit down and start writing your feelings, it will all be revealed to you.
A magic happens when that pen touches paper. And the answers will come. And I hope that you eat what your body needs,
not what your psyche needs. [AUDIO LOGO]
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