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How to Break the Emotional Eating Cycle

Emotional Eating is when you eat for reasons other than physical hunger. This could look like eating when you're stressed, tired, sad, lonely, anxious, or angry.

A good indication that you might be emotionally eating is if you often find yourself eating when you’re not hungry.

You’re either consciously or unconsciously using food to cope with your emotions, so instead of having to feel what you’re feeling, you eat which provides temporary relief, distraction, and escape from the discomfort of the feelings you’re experiencing.

This can turn into an even bigger problem when the behavior is followed by self-judgment guilt, and shame, which send us spinning into what’s known as the Emotional Eating Cycle.

The Emotional Eating Cycle starts when we experience an uncomfortable emotion and we want to change how we’re feeling.

Our brain has learned that eating will do this for us, so it sends out urgent signals called urges, which feel like an uncontrollable desire pushing us to eat.

We answer these urges by eating, and then judge ourselves for our behavior, which in turn creates more negative feelings for us and thus the Emotional Eating Cycle continues.

If you’re stuck in this cycle, you may feel out of control, ashamed and powerless.

You may feel totally incapable of overcoming the strong urges pushing you to eat.

You tell yourself over and over that you will stick to your food plan and not overeat, but then something happens that triggers negative emotions for you and you find yourself once again using food to cope.

When you’re stuck in the Emotional Eating Cycle you feel completely frustrated, defeated, and trapped. I know because I was spinning in it for over 20 years of my life.

I did find a way to finally break this cycle though and I want to share it with you.

I created a free PDF that teaches you the 3 steps I used to break the Emotional Eating Cycle myself. You can click the link below to get the free download.

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