Episode 71: Emotional Eating


In this episode Molly takes a closer look at emotional eating. Contrary to popular belief, emotional eating is not just a symptom of depression, it can be a reaction to a large range of emotions and can be easily misidentified. Here we define emotional eating as any time you turn to food or drink as a way of escaping. The harsh reality is though you may find temporary relief, all of those emotions are still there, rising to the surface and ready to disrupt until they are handled.

When your brain connects desire with reward, it becomes a habit. Because of this it is easy to get in the habit of connecting food and drink to times when you’re feeling down, stressed, overwhelmed or even celebratory. In order to break that habit, it requires you to take conscious stock of your thought patterns and be aware of what emotions are bubbling at the surface.