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How To Replace Emotional Eating With A Healthy Appetite

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Well+Good NYC shares tips from a psychologist about how to end emotional eating.

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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 (who’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 sizes—even healthy types—and it can take on different forms.

You may snack at work because you’re stressed or bored, binge at night because you’re lonely, or deny yourself food because you feel rejected and unloved after a bad date. These are situations where you’re not hungry; you’re managing feelings with food, she explains.

The (temporary) anxiety relief eating brings may not seem that bad to most of us, but “the problem is that it gets in the way of listening to our emotions,” says Dr. Taitz. “Our emotions provide us with such meaningful information, and if we avoid them, we lose that information.”

Continue reading for Dr. Taitz's tips on how to end emotional eating.

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