The positive or negative emotions can lead an individual to excessively eat unhealthy foods without thinking in the risks for his health.
The Iberic-American Magazine of Psychologic Diagnostic and Evaluation provides some measures that help controlling this type of behavior, which is known as emotional feeding. It warns, however, that if the individual recurrently presents these episodes, the recommendation is to consult with a specialist that may help him/her to find the reasons and tools to avoid this kind of behavior.
- Resorting to other activities. When the food impulse appears, do not run to the refrigerator. Get out from home and perform other activities such as running, going to the gym, to the movies, reading at the park, walking your pet. These options will be able to disperse the hungry sensation.
- Drinking water. A way to control food intake between meals is drinking much liquid, especially water. Other alternatives are infusions, fruit natural juices, water with lemon or coffee.
- Recording food consumption. Writing on a dairy book what you eat and drink during the day, including the amounts. This is an effective method for distinguishing if you really have appetite or, on the contrary, you are in front of an episode of emotional hungry.
- A healthy food storeroom. In order to not falling in the consumption of foods rich in carbohydrates or fats, try to have in home access to healthy and balanced ingredients. In this way your health will not be affected.