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How can you stop the trigger for emotional eating?

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When you notice that you are about to eat because you don't feel good emotionally, look for healthy things you could do until the urge to eat passes. For instance:

1. Talk to a friend.

2. Read a book or magazine, or listen to music.

3. Go for a walk or jog.

4. Meditate or do deep breathing exercises.

5. Play a game.

6. Do housework, laundry, or yard work.

7. Write an email.

From: How to Stop Emotional Eating WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Weight-loss help: Gain control of emotional eating."

TeensHealth: "Emotional Eating."

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

CDC: "Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Weight-loss help: Gain control of emotional eating."

TeensHealth: "Emotional Eating."

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

CDC: "Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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