Food and emotions

Many people self medicate with food to manage their emotions when feelings of stress or depression take hold.

Food definitely makes us feel better, even if we aren’t self-medicating when we eat. Food not only quells our hunger, it also makes us feel better emotionally. So what’s the test for using food to self-medicate?

One benchmark of self-medicating is overindulgence, where food becomes a substitute for a more adaptive way of feeling good. We don’t know how to cope when life takes over and things happen- all the D’s: divorce, death, deadlines, debt, demands. Eventually eating can appear to be ones only comfort.

Emotional eating creates a cycle of feel bad, eat, feel worse, and eat more. Be mindful of the food-emotion connection.

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