Today’s post is from Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS).

Emotional eating is feeding our feelings instead of feeding an empty stomach. It isn’t just “negative” feelings like sadness, rejection, anger, depression or stress that may tell our brains that it’s time to eat. We may also eat as a way to heighten feelings of happiness, celebration, victory and joy. Emotional eating can develop into a powerful habit, and habits are very hard to change.

Knowledge is power. The more you learn about what makes you turn to food, the less often you will make the trip. Our feelings are not wrong or right any more than breathing is wrong or right. We just need to learn ways other than eating to manage them.

For the full article, visit the TOPS website, here.