Prone to stopping at 16 Handles after a fight with your significant other? So are most of us, says Jenny Taitz, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist based in Midtown Manhattan.
In her new book, End Emotional Eating, Dr. Taitz (whoâ€™s also a SoulCycle devotee and a yogi) uses approachable psychological therapies to help people develop healthier relationships with food. And she busts a few myths along the way.
For starters, emotional eating is common among people of all shapes and sizesâ€”even healthy typesâ€”and it can take on different forms.
You may snack at work because youâ€™re stressed or bored, binge at night because youâ€™re lonely, or deny yourself food because you feel rejected and unloved after a bad date. These are situations where youâ€™re not hungry; youâ€™re managing feelings with food, she explains.
The (temporary) anxiety relief eating brings may not seem that bad to most of us, but â€śthe problem is that it gets in the way of listening to our emotions,â€ť says Dr. Taitz. â€śOur emotions provide us with such meaningful information, and if we avoid them, we lose that information.â€ť
Continue reading for Dr. Taitz’s tips on how to end emotional eating.
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