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When you’re feeling stressed, anxious or sad do you head straight to the fridge? Take this quiz to find out.
Emotional Eating Quiz
Do you eat when you’re upset or stressed? (YES/NO)
Do you feel guilty after you binge? (YES/NO)
Do you make self-deprecating remarks about your eating? (YES/NO)
Do you use food to express your love? (YES/NO)
Do you overeat after denying yourself certain foods? (YES/NO)
Answer: If you answer “yes” to 3 or more of these questions, you may be an emotional eater. Here are some ways to cope with emotional eating.
Exercise – It’s a proven remedy to relieve stress and anxiety and boost your self-esteem.
Get Support – Talk to a friend or touch base with a support group about how you’re feeling.
Drink Water or Tea – Before you reach for food, have a glass of water or a cup of tea. It will often fill you up and get rid of your craving.
Take a Walk – Walking is good for your body, but it’s always a great way to practice moving meditation and work through problems.
Listen to Music – Favourite songs are a great way to distract yourself from eating mindlessly.
Do Yoga – Relaxing your body and mind is a great way to take a step back from big emotions before you do something you might regret.
Get Some Sleep – Resting your mind and your body is essential to keeping your eating habits on track.
Talk to Your Doctor – If you cannot gain control of your emotional eating on your own, discuss options with your doctor or a mental health professional.