If my emotional eating has a message, what is it trying to tell me?

I think I might have written this everyday, but this is definitely the hardest question so far! I’m struggling to get my head around what the question is actually asking, I get that sometimes, I doesn’t matter how many times or in how many ways I read the question I still can’t fathom what it is asking! Mostly, my emotional eating is trying to tell me you deserve this, you have earnt this. You have had a really tough morning/afternoon/evening/day and so you have earned a bar of chocolate to make you feel better and reward your efforts. A lot of my emotional eating is trying to make me feel better.

Quite often it is also trying to tell me that it will help me to get through something stressful, this can be at home and at work. I developed a naughty habit at work where I would pop to the supermarket next door and buy a 4 pack of choc bars to have before and after a particularly bad class that I was teaching at the time!! Hideous! 

Some of my emotional eating is telling me what is the point, you’ve already ruined it so just eat more! None of the messages are particularly positive or healthy. So fingers crossed I will be able to change them.

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One thought on “If my emotional eating has a message, what is it trying to tell me?

  1. Samantha says:

    This is such great insight! As for what the question means – you’ve totally nailed it 🙂 It sounds a lot like your emotional eating is telling you that you use food as a reward, that you are using food and eating as an act of self-care and pleasure, and that it really is filling a need for you.

    Your eating might be asking you to relax, to treat yourself, to get some pleasure and downtime 🙂

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