It’s a fact we turn to food for comfort — consciously or unconsciously — whether we’re facing a difficult problem, stress or even when we’re feeling bored.
According to Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lillian Nejad, stress or emotional eating is quite common and happens more often than we might think. Dr. Lillian tells HealthMinute, “Rarely our reason for eating is to due hunger with emotional eating being one of the most common factors of why we actually eat.”
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Dr. Lillian adds, “One of the best tools to combat emotional eating is using mindfulness. Mindful techniques help us become aware of the urge to eat, what feelings we’re having in the moment of emotional eating and then decide if this is a choice we want to make.”
Some of the mindful practices that can help you get there:
By genuinely paying attention to the food you eat, you may indulge in foods with unnecessary calories less often. In essence, mindful eating means being more aware of our food—as we buy, prepare, serve, and eat it.