Emotional eating usually occurs after 4:00 p.m. and is guaranteed to be occurring after 8:00 p.m.
As our day slows down we are in more of a position to feel what is not going right in our life and are more apt to use food as a means of suppressing these awarenesses and feelings. When we eat to satisfy a physical need or a nutrient deficiency that purpose is usually filled within a few days or a week at most. If the cravings seems to persist for longer than a few days or always appears at the same time each day, week or month, chances are you are eating for emotional reasons.
CHOCOLATE (feeling rejected) is Hungry For Love
DAIRY PRODUCTS: ANTIDEPRESSANT FOODS are Choline = Soothing, L-tryptophan = Calming, Sugar & lactose = Temporary energy, Creamy texture = Comforting
NUTS AND CRUNCHY SALTY is Stress, Anger and Anxiety
SNACK FOODS are Cravings for fun
LIQUIDS are Up/Down Energy Cycles
HIGH FAT FOOD is Filling Emptiness
SPICY FOODS are Drive For Excitement
BREAD AND STARCH are Comfort and Calming
COOKIES, CAKES AND PIES are Pleasure and Reassurance
CANDY is Rewards and Entertainment
If you can relate to any of the above cravings, rather then just continue to “feed” your emotions try to deal with them on a real level. Especially if you are trying to lose weight or become healthier, our biggest barrier is our mind so enough with the excuses. So, get real with yourself, you are the one that will benefit.
CONSTANT CRAVINGS. What Your Food Cravings Mean and How To Overcome Them: Doreen Virtue Ph.D.;
Hay House Inc., CA;