Picture this: You hit the snooze button one too many times, had a last minute project thrown at you at work, and then sat in an hour of evening traffic.
Finally home, you breathe a sigh of relief, head into the kitchen, and decide you deserve a snack after the day you’ve had. Maybe you reach for a few crackers, then a bit of chocolate.
Before you know it, you’ve munched your way through the entire kitchen without eating a proper meal. You’re stuffed, ashamed, and wondering what the heck just happened?!
It’s called emotional eating, and in a nutshell, it is eating for any other reason besides actual physical hunger, fuel or nourishment.
The trouble with emotional eating is it overrides your body’s natural hunger cycle and can promote things like:
Even though it’s called “emotional eating” because people often reach for food to cope with their feelings, there are a lot of other non-hunger reasons that can prompt you to eat.
Some common non-hunger reasons include:
If any of those scenarios sound familiar, know that you’re not alone! Emotional eating affects a lot of people at one point or another. It’s not your fault! There are so many underlying factors in place as well, like hormonal imbalances, candida overgrowth, fatigue, and all the crazy addictive stuff they put into our favourite comfort foods.
I know a big trigger for me for emotional eating is fatigue when I’ve taken on too much and haven’t prioritized my sleep. Over time, I have learned to become aware of this so when I feel myself slipping, I ask myself, am I hungry, or just tired? Do I need to cancel some meetings because I have over scheduled myself? If this is something you struggle with as well, I have some great tips for you below.
These energy balls feel like an indulgent snack, but are made from whole food ingredients and contain a bit of protein, healthy fat, and fibre to keep you fuller longer.
1 cup natural almond butter (or other natural nut butter)
½ cup coconut flour
½ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
Optional toppings – unsulfured coconut flakes, sesame seeds, chia seeds, or raw cacao powder
How to prepare