Tip of the Day
Emotional Overeating Awareness Month
Mood-triggered eating may feel good at first, helping a person to relax, suppress anger or overcome depression or loneliness. But, eating to cope with emotions can lead to more negative feelings, such as guilt, lack of self-control and poor self-esteem. More importantly, using food to satisfy emotions may distract you from handling serious life issues.
Learn to deal with emotions in a positive, appropriate way by addressing the real problems, engaging in positive self-talk, considering a brief change of scenery and engaging in probably the best mood adjuster - exercise! Physical activity, such a brisk walk, can work wonders in changing your mood and eliminating stress.
For help overcoming emotional eating, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Sports and Exercise page for ways to get moving.
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Reviewed February 2013