Comfort eating stems from childhood...

Does this sound like you?
  • When someone's upset, hurt or annoyed you, you find it hard to show them how you feel.
  • Alternatively you beat yourself up for flying off the handle and/or saying things you regret when someone/something upsets you.
  • If you feel neglected by a partner, family or friends, you worry about setting things straight.
  • When you feel insecure and lacking in confidence you find it difficult to ask for comfort - or to comfort yourself.
  • At work you might feel overlooked, never listened to, or taken advantage of but you don't want to rock the boat by raising this.
  • You're overly stressed trying to cope with everything but haven't a clue where to start to make life a bit easier.
  • You get bored and don't know how to get out of the boredom-trap while you fret that life's passing you by.
  • You keep favourite comfort food or snacks readily available to soothe yourself with.

Then you might need to think hard about emotional eating and how it is affecting you according to Dr Pam Spurr.

I pretty much tick all these boxes. I know when I am stressed or bored I head straight to the pantry.
Must. Break. Habit!

Dr Spurr says that patterns of behaviour often have roots back to childhood. Emotional eaters should never underestimate the power of how their parents treated food and how that influence their life.

I don't recall getting offered food as a child to sooth away upsets, or to celebrate joys.  We had the usual treats but nothing over the top. That I remember anyway......

I think I started this behaviour all on my own.  Read Dr Spurr's tips to break the habit here.