emotional eating what a registered dietitian and a pastor have to saySarahRD.tv Episode 4 Show Notes

Emotional eating can be a complex topic, but more simply is put in the following two categories:

  1. Happy eating: food surrounding celebrations, holidays and milestones. A person may eat if hungry, but most likely eats cake because everyone else is and it is part of the party.
    Solution: eat before the party so as not to overeat at the party. If you like cake, eat the cake; maybe share a piece with someone or have a small portion. Enjoy it!
  2. Sad, depressed, reacting to tragedy that is sudden or long-term. Some people may turn to creamy ice cream to sooth a broken heart, but if the suffering goes longer than a few days, there could be something else a person is craving besides ice cream.


What to do in this situation.

In times of short-term stress (bad day at work, fight with friend or spouse, parking ticket, etc and etc!) take notice how you deal with it. If you turn to a bag of chips instead of your usual fitness plan, take note and get the chips outta sight! Vow the next time you feel stressed to talk a walk first and eat a nutritious meal—see if it makes a difference in your "recovery time" from the stressful event.

As mentioned in the video, try different ways to cope with stress that are not food related. Journaling can be very helpful as well as talking with a friend or counselor (school, church, EAP program from work or a counselor in private practice).

The bottom line is that every day can have stress and can be a great day or a horrible day: it's all in how you look at it. No one can predict how tomorrow will be, but fortunately (or unfortunately!) you will probably live longer than you think. So you better treat yourself nicely. Please enjoy your meals, make them count and nourish your body as well as your soul.