Session 9: Emotions
Keepin’ It Real

SELF EMPOWERMENT — EMOTIONAL EATING

Emotional eating is when you eat to seek comfort in food. You may not be necessarily hungry, but due to a situation you find yourself in, you turn to food for comfort.

  • List 2 situations that can lead to emotional eating.

  • Possible paths to emotional eating are:

    1. Stress.
    2. Pressure due to work load.
    3. Sadness or grief.
  • List 3 ways to help you free yourself from the cycle of emotional eating.

 

Some ways to avoid emotional eating are:

  1. Think about what you eat and take time to enjoy your food.
  2. Drink water instead of sweetened beverages.
  3. Do short bursts of physical activity while waiting for an event or while watching TV
    (e.g. walk on the treadmill or ride on a stationary bike, or just march on the spot).

EMOTIONAL EATING

Are you an emotional eater?

  • When do you eat?

  • What are some other times that you feel like eating?

Thinking about when you eat, can help you control your eating.

Before you eat, try the 3 D’s:

  1. DELAY
  2. DO SOMETHING
  3. DRINK WATER

If you still feel that you really want to eat, keep some healthy snacks on hand.