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How can I make my house healthy to help fix emotional eating?

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Start with the obvious: If there is no junk food in the house, you can't binge on it. Instead, keep unprocessed, low-calorie, low-fat foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, hummus, and unbuttered popcorn around for munching. And remember that they’re not just for your kids. Set a good example for them by trying and enjoying healthier options.

Take a look at your refrigerator and pantry and cut down on your go-to temptations.

Before you go grocery shopping, make sure your emotions are in check.

From: How to Change Emotional Eating WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Reeves G. , August 2008. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Birch L. , April 2009. International Journal of Obesity

Duarte C. , January 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Sirriyeh, R. , November 2010. British Journal of Health Psychology

Myrna Weissman, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and psychiatry; chief, department of clinical-genetic epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Eileen Stone, child and adolescent psychologist, Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." "

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Reeves G. , August 2008. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Birch L. , April 2009. International Journal of Obesity

Duarte C. , January 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Sirriyeh, R. , November 2010. British Journal of Health Psychology

Myrna Weissman, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and psychiatry; chief, department of clinical-genetic epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Eileen Stone, child and adolescent psychologist, Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." "

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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