Surprisingly, emotional eating doesn’t have to be a problem, says Michelle May, M.D.
You aren’t eating it because you’re hungry, and you certainly aren’t trying to get your recommended daily allowance of calcium. Nope, you’re digging in because each creamy mouthful makes you feel inexplicably happy. Is that really so bad?
Surprisingly, emotional eating doesn’t have to be a problem, says Michelle May, M.D., author of “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.”
“Trying to talk yourself out of getting a mood boost from food only sets you up for a bigger overeating problem — like bingeing,” she says. You can comfort yourself with food and stay thin with these simple ground rules.
Why we snack our way happy
“We’re hardwired to eat for emotional reasons,” May says.