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Episode #8: Emotional Eating

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Weight Loss for Food-Lovers with Molly Zemek


The topic of this episode of the Weight Loss for Food-Lovers podcast is emotional eating. Speaking from her own experience, Molly explains that even people who don’t identify as emotional eaters likely use food as a way of masking or suppressing emotions whether they realize it or not. This connection between food and emotions is engrained in us from day one when we, as infants, began receiving nutrition and emotional fulfillment simultaneously and if we have never been taught how to handle our emotional life as adolescents and adults, we are likely reverting back to our natural instincts.

Molly walks listeners through a simple process for getting in touch with how you really feel and weakening the connection between food and emotions that could be negatively impacting you on a daily basis:

1. Practice allowing urges and give your emotions an opportunity to come to the forefront

2. Pay attention and be curious about how you actually feel

3. Describe what you are feeling in detail

4. Institute a writing practice every day in order to pinpoint your emotions

5. Decide if you want to feel that way

6. Create the thoughts you want to have

7. Experience healing and freedom

Topics Covered

· Emotional eating

· Getting in touch with your emotional life

· Unraveling your urges

· Creating your thoughts and how you want to feel about your life

· Overeating compounds the problem

Key Quotes

“The reason you overeat has nothing to do with the food.”

“I never really saw myself as an emotional person because I never gave myself the chance to experience emotions.”

“We are never really taught how to deal with our emotional life.”

“Food is a way that we actually numb the emotion – we suppress it.”

“Thoughts dictate the way you feel.”

“Ask yourself how you want to feel about your life.”

“Not all feelings are good, and that’s ok.”

“Overeating only compounds the problem.”

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