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How to stop Emotional and Social Eating Triggers
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





Contrary to our belief, there are many people out there who suffer from social and emotional eating problems. Some people are eager to eat when they are around others while other people eat to relieve the tension of everyday life. However, no matter what the reason may be, emotional overeating can lead to significant weight gain as well as other health problems. But there are certain steps we can take in order to ensure that our emotional trigger habits are not as threatening to our weight and our health.

If you know that you are an emotional eater, try to have better control over the things you consume. Normally, social eating triggers in us a need for comfort foods. Comfort foods are usually calorie laden snacks or heavy appetizers. However, eating foods that are rich in fiber and healthy grain will make you feel full much quicker than consuming processed junk food. There are only so many carrots, almonds or apples you can consume before you can’t eat anymore. But when snacks are concerned, such as chips or candy, it seems like we can munch for hours upon hours. That is why smart snacking is the key to controlling your emotional eating.

One of the best ways to achieve smart snacking is to stock your house with healthy foods only. When something is within hands reach it makes it so much more difficult for us to say no. But if junk food is nowhere to be found than the temptation is gone and you have to move on to something that you actually do have at home. Availability of unhealthy snacks is the root of all weight gain evils. It’s as simple as that. So if you have problems with emotional eating, make healthy snacking your first step to success.




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