Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

We hope that digging deep to learn more about ourselves was a helpful practice for you last month. Strengthening our self-awareness muscles is so important. As we continue to learn more about ourselves, the topic of this month is our thoughts and feelings. We wondered if you have ever considered your relationship with your current emotional state and your diet. Does stress eating or comfort foods sound familiar? Turns out, emotional eating is a rather expansive topic in the nutrition world.

Nemour’s Children’s Health says, “Emotional eating is when people use food as a way to deal with feelings instead of to satisfy hunger.” Interesting, huh? And while happy, sad, and mad are commonly known emotions, there are a whole lot more where those three emotions came from. If you don’t believe me, check out this incredible list of emotions from Berkeley Well-being Institute.

So this week, browse through the list and start checking in with yourself throughout the day to get in tune with your emotions. Contrary to popular opinion there are no “bad” feelings. They are all important and the more we learn about what emotions are floating around in our heart, that can reveal a lot about ourselves. 

Interestingly, our hormones can be affected by our emotions and those hormones have a lot of power…like making us crave certain types of food. Wild, right?!

So this week, begin checking in with yourself during the day and take note of how you’re feeling and what your diet included on that specific day. It’s time to hunt for hints and trends in how we are eating based on how we are feeling. Good luck! You’ve got this.


By Victoria Emmitt RD

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