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Do you find yourself resorting to food when you’re feeling angry, upset or depressed? Does food make you feel better? If you answered yes to both questions, then you could be suffering from emotional eating.
In the below video, Dr. Nashwa Fouad opens our eyes to emotional eating, how to identify it and how to overcome it.
Am I physically hungry or emotionally hungry?
Feeling hungry doesn’t necessarily mean you need to eat, but could be a way that the body distracts itself to deal with your emotions. In the video above, Dr. Fouad explains how to identify whether you’re feeling physically hungry or just resorting to food to suppress your emotions.
Define your emotions
If you end up identifying your hunger as emotional hunger, then you need to sit down with yourself and try and define your emotions. What are you feeling? Are you sad, angry, frustrated, anxious or just tired? Dr. Fouad explains the importance of understanding your emotions and how it is related to emotional eating.
Ask yourself why?
The next step after identifying the emotion you’re feeling is asking yourself ‘Why?’ It’s not enough to just classify an emotion, but you need to dig deeper and figure out why you’re feeling the way that you do.
Tips to distract your emotional hunger
Having a hobby can be a great distraction from emotional hunger. Finding something you enjoy doing and can be done at any time of the day is a great solution to avoid emotional eating. These hobbies can not only help distract you and help you overcome your need to eat but can also replace your negative emotions with happy feelings.
In the video above, Dr. Fouad explains why dieting can be bad for you if you’re an emotional eater and recommends that it should be avoided.
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