Stressful day at work? Pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s on the way home.
Kids won’t stop whining? Cram a Hershey bar in your mouth when they’re not looking.
Feeling disconnected from your partner? Avoid that conversation by scarfing down leftovers while standing in front of the fridge.
We often joke about emotional eating, saying we just need some “chocolate therapy” or that we deserve a big bowl of ice cream after the day we’ve had.
For some people it stops there, at the joking level. But for others, it really doesn’t feel like a laughing matter—not when we feel like we can’t stop eating even when we want to, not when we feel driven to eat way more food than our bodies can comfortably hold.
A recent study found that stress eating leads to an 11-pound weight gain every year. And if you continue to do it year after year, those pounds really start adding up. The extra weight just makes you feel more uncomfortable, which in turn leads to more overeating, and the cycle continues.
If you’re tired of feeling preoccupied with food and your weight, if you’re sick of relying on “chocolate therapy” to get you through the rough patches of life, if you’re fed up with living in a body that reflects your struggle—then stop crossing your fingers that one day you’re going to wake up and be better.
Instead, starting taking action.
Overcoming Emotional Eating
My e-book Taking Action: 30 Specific Strategies for Overcoming Emotional Eating will give you exactly what the title says: 30 concrete steps you can take today to break free from the chains of emotional eating and make peace with food, your body, and your weight.
Here’s what people have had to say about the book:
Taking Action: 30 Specific Strategies for Overcoming Emotional Eating is a valuable gem! Author Katie M. McLaughlin speaks from her heart and from her experience and brings real life solutions to a problem that many people face, overweight, underweight or “normal” weight: emotional eating.
As someone who is healing from a lifetime of emotional eating, Katie’s compassionate approach combined with seriously practical tips helped me become even more aware. Her words stay with me. The layout and format of this book is incredibly simple, yet also incredibly powerful. – Karen
I’m one of those people that thinks everyone has a weakness; eating, drinking, drugs, shopping, anything. I am a compulsive eater, and wanted to see if I could cure it by better understanding why I do it. What is causing me to eat more than I need, or overeat because it’s there.
When I want to learn something new I go for a less intensive book to see if the subject grabs me. If it does, and I enjoy the read, I will buy other books on the subject. This book gave me some insight to why I overeat and maybe what I can do to curb it. The lessons were very easy to understand and the writer gave some really good examples that were easy to relate to. – Scott