How to Beat Emotional Eating

Are you an Emotional Eater?

  • Do your feelings drive your appetite and your eating behavior?
  • Do you eat when you are not hungry?
  • Do you continue to eat when you are full?…stuffed?…about to explode?
  • Do you ever find yourself on the couch with your hand at the bottom of a LARGE bag of chips?
  • Do you eat like this while you are alone?
  • When you are bored?
  • When you are stressed?
  • To take your mind off of your problems?
  • Do you feel guilty about this behavior?

If you answered YES to most of those questions, then you may be an Emotional Eater.

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And you’re not alone.

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Janet Jackson – Emotional Eater

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Britney Spears – Emotional Eater

How Do You Beat Emotional Eating?

If you think that your emotional eating habits may constitute a threat to your health, please contact your doctor. But before you go see your Doc, check out this reference info:

What CanYou Do Right Now?!

One tool you should look into right away is an offshoot of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Buddhism and Mindfulness Meditation called Mindful Eating.  Here are some links to mindful eating sites with lots of great info.

You may also want to look into Mindfulness Meditation, made popular by Jon Kabat-Zinn to get the broader picture of the Mindful Eating protocol. Mindfulness Meditation finds it’s origin in Buddhist teachings. The Buddhist practice of Mindfulness can be defined as “awareness of one’s thoughts, actions or motivations”.

  • A similar practice is currently being espoused by Oprah’s protege, Mr. Eckhart Tolle.
  • TLC’s – I Can Make You Thin with Paul McKenna employed mindful eating in it’s weight loss plan.
  • In the 1920’s, Horace Fletcher was the diet guru of the day with his Mindfulness-based theory of Fletcherizing.

Mindful Eating – The Basics

Eat consciously. By this I mean:

  • Take a bite of food
  • Put down your implements/sandwich/glass/etc…
  • Chew your food
  • Taste your food
  • Enjoy your food
  • Repeat until you ‘think’ you are starting to feel full
  • Stop Eating
  • Eat again when you are hungry – not bored or nervous – listen for a ‘grumbly tummy’

That’s it…simple right???

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.


  1. ioanaradu

    December 8, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I gave up voleyball when I went to collage 4 years ago and I put on 20 kg. Now that I think how I did it is because emotional eating to. I tend to wish everyting that looks good and smells nice. Have no idea how to resist my temptations.

  2. Shawn

    March 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Alright – perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something. While browsing through amazon several books on mindful eating popped up as recommendations for me. It’s the first time I had seen any of the titles… and then this post bringing up the same subject.


  3. Nancy

    November 8, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I am very grateful for this post. This is a tremendous issue for many people who try and consistently fail to lose weight. Another excellent tool for emotional eaters is journaling. it worked really well for me in my weight loss. When you know you should work out but won’t get off the couch, writing feelings down in a journal can help sort out why that happens. If you are craving unhealthy foods in excess and aren’t hungry, or have binged, a journal of precipitating thoughts and events can identify emotional triggers to avoid in future.

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  6. DR

    July 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Sounds good.

    I will add your site today.

  7. Marcie Lesnick

    July 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I would love to exchange links with you for our blogrolls. Please let me know if your interested. I have a lot of clients who have food issues. Thanks, marcie

  8. Charles Goldman

    May 29, 2008 at 12:46 am

    This is a very helpful (and entertaining) post on an important cause of overeating and unhealthy weight gain. I like your summary of how to eat mindfully.