Dr. Hauke published an article on emotional eating on PsychologyEverywhere.com. We tend to think of emotional eating as occurring when we reach for food to soothe negative emotions such as frustration, loneliness, or anger, but we also often reach for food as a form of celebration. However, in the long run, emotional eating can just make us feel worse about ourselves.
The underlying theory is that our thoughts and beliefs impact our emotions and behavior in profound ways. As such, if we can learn to control our thoughts, we can change our emotions and behaviors (such as overeating).
Chronic stress causes us to crave foods that are high in carbohydrates and fat and enjoyable to eat. This happens because these types of food cause our brains to release endorphins and trigger relaxation. This, however, is only temporary.
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