Emotional Eating

I’m an emotional eater. There’s no question about it.

This week has been a strangely perfect example of that.

Monday I was in such a good mood. My foot was feeling good. I was looking forward to my CrossFit class, and I was coming off a really fun weekend.

Terp soccer

It was a great day and my eating matched that. I ate all the healthy food I packed for breakfast and lunch at the office, and I didn’t crave sweets or junk food once. I was super healthy.

Then take Tuesday. My foot was killing me, and I was so upset that I was having an injury set back. I was sad all day and busy running from meeting to meeting at work. I just felt run down and glum.

Commuting in a massive air cast is kind of a bitch.

I ate all the healthy food I packed for breakfast and lunch, but then I had a bunch of sweet treats laying around the office. A cookie at lunch, chocolate at my 3 p.m. slump and a piece of candy during a meeting.

I’m not beating myself up for my emotional eating. I mean it’s life and it happens. I just thought this week was an intersting case study in how closely my eating habits are tied to my emotions.

What and how I eat perfectly matches how I feel.¬†Consequently¬†when I’m having a great day or I work out and feel awesome, I want to eat healthier food. When I’m having a bad day, I just want to dive head first into a tub of ice cream.

Frozen Greek yogurt is my new jam.

Does anyone else experience strong ties between their emotions and their eating habits? Please share! I find this stuff fascinating!


  1. oh yea! I am a huge emotional eater! work stress, recovery, getting stumped on how to fix something, eating is always the answer. Usually it’s the wrong answer, but I do it too.
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  2. Sarah says:

    Yes! I also have the same problem. This week I got back into a routine and its amazing how great I feel. I try to remember when have a bad day that that cookie or glass(es) of wine won’t help, but it doesn’t work. In the end, I also try not to beat myself up about it. I think it all balances out. Glad to hear you had a good weekend.
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  3. Runner Dad says:

    I emotion eat, but I also do something weird as well. On days I work out, I only want to eat healthy stuff. You’d think that since I worked out I’d feel ok eating junk since I burned those calories. Not so much. It’s only on non workout days, when I haven’t burned any calories, that my body says “Give me fatty food”!
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  4. Amanda says:

    I have mostly overcome emotional eating. I really struggle with bored eating! I won’t let myself have nothing to do cuz I know I will eat everything in sight! :)
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  5. Lisa says:

    I’m an emotional eater also! And it sucks right now because I can’t run and I’m using eating as a substitute to get the ‘happy chemicals’ in my brain that I’m missing from not running…and it’s counterproductive!
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  6. Zoe Waggoner says:

    Thanks for the post. It’s great you can be conscious about when/ what triggers you & you can reflect on what you did or did not do with some compassion for yourself.