Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is consuming food in response to emotional triggers rather than physiological hunger cues.

When individuals experience strong emotions such as stress, sadness, boredom, or anxiety, they may turn to food as a means of comfort or distraction, seeking temporary relief from their emotional discomfort. Emotional eating is often characterized by consuming large quantities of high-calorie, high-fat, or sugary foods, known as “comfort foods,” which are believed to provide a sense of pleasure or relief from negative emotions.

However, this behavior is typically driven by psychological factors rather than genuine hunger, and it can lead to overeating, weight gain, and feelings of guilt or shame afterward. Emotional eating can become a habitual response to emotional distress, creating a cycle of negative emotions and unhealthy eating patterns that can be challenging to break without addressing the underlying emotional triggers.

Symptoms of emotional eating

Long term impact of emotional eating

The majority of my patients who struggle with emotional eating report that they tend to engage in it predominantly during the evening, particularly after work and on weekends. For them, it serves as a way to unwind and find relaxation in a world of chaos.

Emotional eating can be very damaging for your health because of the types of foods involved. If you were to eat carrot sticks to soothe your mind instead of cookies and cream ice cream, it would be a totally different story.

Sugary and fatty snacks have the ability to take over the nervous system, creating a need for more and more.

Acupuncture and functional medicine can help with emotional eating

I provide steps to overcome emotional eating. The key is to change slowly. Most people try to change all at once, but it’s not realistic. In addition to that, the underlying cause of why emotional eating began is important.

Acupuncture is used to balance the mental emotional side of emotional eating. Functional medicine is used to asses nutrition and uncover nutritional deficiencies. Together, both acupuncture and functional medicine will tackle emotional eating and create an avenue for long term healing.