Emotional eating

Emotional eating

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by Charlotte Today

WCNC.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 3:55 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC - Stress, sadness, anxiety and depression can all trigger us to desire foods that boost our mood.  One study has found that what food we desire depends on the mood, for example if you’re bored, your go-to food would be chips.

 

Counselor Mike Vaughn with the Carolinas Counseling Group joins us today to discuss emotional eating which is eating for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger.

 

Mike informed us that both men and women will partake in emotional eating, they just do it differently.  The key to start addressing the problem is to notice what times during the day you are doing it and then to ask yourself why you are doing it.

 

He also recommends that you keep a diary of everything you eat in a day from breakfast to dinner and all the snacks in between.  If you make a separate column next to the foods where you list the emotions you were having while you were eating, then you will start to see the pattern.

 

For more information visit www.carolinascounseling.com

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