How to Deal with Disorders of Emotional Eating

The struggle with food is prevalent in our culture which has so many trying to deal with emotional eating disorders. In fact we can't truly call them disorders because in many instances, they differ from the eating disorders diagnosed by your doctor. So many people go on a “diet” and restrict calories or food groups, or over exercise to lose weight. Then they stop dieting and go right to overeating or binge eating after periods of deprivation. A disordered cycle is created that seems to never end and results in feeling shame and completely out of control. This cycle of feeling out of control is what brings so many people who want to deal with what could be called their emotional eating disorders. What if there was another way to approach eating and how you feel about food and your body so it's not disordered at all?

Here are 5 Healthy Ways to Approach Eating

1. Eat whole, real foods! Food is information to the body, which can promote wellness or can promote imbalance. Add in more vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds on a daily basis to promote wellness and bring on board the nutrients your body needs.

2. Increase food pleasure! Create a plate of food that looks and smells delicious and appealing, by including varying colors, textures, aromas, and flavors. This engagement of the senses, stimulates the brain and increases your enjoyment of eating. 

3.Eat Fat!  Healthy fats help you feel full and satisfied, which reduces cravings. Choose fats, such as, avocados, unrefined cold pressed oils like olive oil or coconut oil, butter or ghee, nuts, seeds, wild caught fish, and pastured/humanely raised animals/eggs to add into your meals or snacks.

4. Sit down to eat! So many individuals rush around during meal times, eat in their car, or stand while eating, which creates a stress signal to the body that there is not even enough time in your day to eat. Choosing to sit down and eat in a calm, relaxed environment supports optimal digestion and communicates that there is time to eat and nourish the body.

5. Practice gratitude! You can cultivate a more loving relationship with food and your body by choosing to be grateful. Take a moment before eating to take a few deep breaths and appreciate the food is about to nourish your body and appreciate your body for taking care of you. 

You can break free from the cycle or disorder of overeating, shame, guilt, and deprivation.  Learn more about our Emotional Eating Program by clicking HERE

If you would like online and in-person support, join Dr. Millie Lytle ND, CNS and Rachael Pomato, CNS, LDN for an individualized program that will provide you with the tools and resources you need to create change. Call 1-844-441-9661 or email



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