Exercise Motivation Friday! #2 – Emotional Eating (Tips)

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This tip is for my emotional eaters out there.

“When we are surrounded by highly palatable foods, it’s easy to overuse this reward circuitry. We use the natural highs that these foods give us to comfort ourselves when we are stressed, anxious, bored, sad, frustrated, or depressed. We often eat to regulate our emotions, not because we are hungry. This is called self-medicating or emotional eating. While using food for emotional comfort once in a while is not necessarily a bad thing, making a habit out of it is a recipe for continued weight gain.

Finding better ways to manage your emotions can help you overcome a habit of emotional eating. In this chapter you will learn five ways to improve your emotional well-being: focusing on the present, mental relaxation, healthy thinking, social interaction, and doing something productive.”

Credit to: The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin by Stan Spencer

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