Isabel Foxen Duke thinks emotional eating is saving your ass … or at least, it might:
Emotional eating is an attempt to deal with a tough problem, feeling, or situation we don’t otherwise know how to deal with, and often don’t even know that we have without some kind of symptom to remind us.
That twitchy feeling that makes us want to go shove brownies down our throats, is like a genius alarm bell, that if responded to appropriately, reminds us to clue into what’s bothering us, before it becomes a more serious problem.
When we strip away the judgement of our emotional eating, and stop calling it a disease, a defect, a problem in and of itself;
we can finally see it for what it is:
An alert that something in our life needs our attention. Something completely unrelated to food or our weight. …
Emotional Eating is a reminder to love yourself harder, show up for yourself, and give yourself what you really need.
Be grateful for the reminder. It might be saving your ass.
Interesting perspective. That said, I think emotional eating can easily be related to food or our weight … but mostly when we’re swinging back and forth between overeating or binge eating and very restrictive eating. Then I think it’s easy for emotional eating to get to a point where it’s nearly self-sustaining.