Six Ways to Avoid Emotional Eating

Avoid Emotional Eating

Sometimes, hunger isn’t what causes us to grab our favorite foods. Moods and emotions can also impact our relationship with food and they can interfere with our ability to stick with a healthy eating plan. Emotional eating can be triggered by stress, depression, loneliness, overwhelming job and family pressures, or by a traumatic life event. The good news is that you can change this pattern of behavior by putting a healthy plan in place. Destinata, San Diego’s Ultimate Fitness and Weight Loss Retreat offers six ways to get started.

Remove temptations

One of the easiest ways you can break your habit of reaching for unhealthy foods when your emotional triggers kick in is to simply remove them from your house. If your family insists on having certain unhealthy foods around, ask them to store their foods in an out-of-eyesight snack drawer or cabinet.

Keep a journal

If you know you’re not actually hungry, but a strong emotion is driving you toward eating, record your feelings in a journal along with the type and amount of food you ate (or what you were tempted to eat, if you refrained). This will help you make connections between your emotions and the foods that currently satisfy them. Understanding the connection between your emotions and these unhealthy foods can help you create a strategy for countering such urges.

Have healthy snacks ready

You can avoid unhealthy urges by stocking up on nutritious, satisfying snacks, and them on hand for those times when emotions take over. Recognize your emotions When emotions overwhelm us, our first instinct may be to reach for something sweet, salty, or fatty, but these empty-calorie foods are not the ones our bodies need to really feel good. The next time you’re tempted to solve your problems or celebrate with food, be sure to weigh the positive and negative consequences.


When you work out, you release endorphins, also known as “feel good” hormones, which can boost your mood and also help prevent bouts of emotional eating. Schedule a regular time slot to work out during the week (if you do so, you’ll be more likely to keep that “appointment”).

For more ideas or guidance with your fitness and weight loss, please contact the staff at Destinata Retreats.

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