Do Food Cravings Reflect Your Feelings?
How to overcome emotional eating
Get a Handle on Emotional Eating continued...
The conventional wisdom used to be that if you craved something, your body
needed a nutrient found in that particular food.
With the possible exception of chocolate, which contains the feel-good brain
chemical called serotonin, Spangle disdains this explanation. "Many people
would rather blame their physiology instead of doing the work of sorting out
their emotions and taking care of those needs," she says.
If eating carbs makes you crave more carbs, Spangle says, this may be partly
due to your physiological makeup. But to stop eating the extra carbs, you need
to examine the reason for the emotional eating.
So take a look at the food you're holding in your hand, and ask: "Who do
I want to chew out?" "What's missing in my life?" Or just: "Why
am I eating this?"
The answer could help you stop eating when you're not hungry -- and put you
on the road to dealing with your feelings in a more productive way.