What is emotional eating? Emotional eating is when we eat to feed a feeling, and not a growling stomach.

Last Wednesday my dog, Catahula, was diagnosed with a horrible illness and we had to put her down on Friday. My emotions were all over the place. I was wiped out physically and emotionally drained. I’ll be the first to admit it, I ate this weekend out of pure emotion. I am not going to feel bad about it either!

Today is a new day. The weekend has passed. I’m still grieving the loss of my girl, but the emotional eating just stopped.

My emotional eating wasn’t eating everything in sight and gorging myself on anything and everything. My emotional eating was just eating a few things that I normally don’t eat.  Chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, (Saturday). Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies (Friday). Big deal. My husband did a little emotional eating, too. I think it is just a part of life.

If we look at the definition of emotional eating, then eating wedding cake at the wedding reception is emotional eating. Usually by the time we get to the cake we have filled up on a lunch or dinner. Wedding cake is food that goes along with the celebration of a marriage.

So, if you find yourself emotionally eating, give yourself a meal or two and a dessert or two, and then get back in the saddle and start eating healthy again. Don’t let emotional eating undo all the hard work you have done to becoming healthy!

When do you find yourself emotionally eating?