What is Emotional Eating? 3 Ways to Find Real Comfort


What is emotional eating?  Emotional eating is an attempt to help yourself feel better or not feel. If you are an emotional eater you know there are many things can trigger emotional eating.

Here are some of the reasons women at our healthy weight loss spa emotionally eat:

  • Tired
  • Anxious
  • Bored
  • Habit
  • Self-loathing
  • Numbing
  • Self Soothing
  • Comfort  and more….

Today let’s talk about comfort eating.

Besides food, what gives you comfort?  Certainly we know that emotional eating is an attempt to comfort. But eating food mindlessly for comfort doesn’t always fill us up. In fact, we can feel more empty or depressed after mindless eating when what we really needed was comfort.

We live in a world that just keeps asking and expecting more of us. So relaxing and snuggling in are categorized in our mind as lazy or being a slug. Many attempts to comfort ourselves actually turn into mindless or numbing activities.

3 ways to find comfort that really fill you up

Bedroom Beauty

Is your bedroom the place that collects the piles of stuff?  Are you too cold or warm when you go to bed?  Do you have a hard time getting yourself into bed at night?

Women confuse being tired with hunger much more than men do.  What can you do to make being in your bed more comforting?   Perhaps a night time ritual would help. Learn about 400 count flannel sheets. Cozy up your room with a piece of art that speaks to you.

Snuggle Up with Your Pet

Are you lonely when you get home?  Do you reach for the bag of chips as you walk in the door? Snuggle up with Rover or take a quick turn around your backyard with kitty.

Just by petting your beloved pet you release oxytocin (one of the feel good chemicals) in your brain.  You focus on someone other than you and your feelings of despair and is there anything better than a yummy purr?

Rock Out Baby!

Does the day seem like just another same old, same old?  Do you feel zapped and wiped out as you get into your car to drive in the ridiculous traffic? Are you feeling something but don’t know what?

Make music a part of your life.  Turn on the radio, sing at the top of your lungs and remember that music can change your mood.  You will connect with your body and your are totally in control of what you listen to.  Rock out baby and sing like there is no tomorrow.

Do you have other comforting behaviors that work for you?

One response to “What is Emotional Eating? 3 Ways to Find Real Comfort”

  1. Paige says:

    To help prevent myself from emotionally eating and falling off the wagon with my weight loss I will either have the Fullbar gummies or chew a piece of Fullbar gum to staisfy this craving I am getting and help prevent myself from doing something I know I do not need.

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If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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