3 Beliefs That Fuel Emotional Eating and How to Counter Them
Eating is one of the most natural things in the world. We need to eat to live—and to live well. But as essential as eating is to our very existence, our relationship to food is tied to our emotions and state of mind. Socioeconomic demographics, generational values, family, and culture can be huge influences on the way we relate to food as adults.
It's important to note that eating as an adult is very different than eating as a young child. As a child, food is typically very structured—three meals and three snacks per day. This structure ensures the energy of the child is balanced. Additionally, most children don’t have much control or choice around food—they don't get to decide when or what to eat, nor are they mature enough to understand the why behind their food choices.
Why is this important? Because so often in my coaching practice, I see full-grown adults struggling with their relationship with food and they don't know why. Their lives have been hijacked by anxiety, fear, shame, and guilt.