1. How do you know if you are an emotional eater?
If you’re eating outside of being hungry, it’s emotional. Keep a journal of what you eat and the emotion you felt before you ate it. You could write, “I was feeling lonely and ate a chocolate chip cookie,” which is very revealing. After you identify your emotion, substitute eating with a healthy behavior whenever you feel that emotion again. Write down a few things you can do instead of eating. You could go for a walk or call a friend. Whenever negative emotions come up, automatically refer to this list.
2. What is the difference between real hunger versus emotional eating?