Updated 4/2023. CW: Eating for comfort. As we continue to examine our relationship with food here in part 2, we talk about the general and common practice of “eating our feelings” and using food to soothe our feelings instead of actually being with them. We discuss the importance of learning to be with our feelings, and some tips for paying attention to food cravings to see if there is actually an “emotional craving” behind them.
Note: We don’t want this convo to play into diet culture and make us feel ashamed or guilty for eating for reasons besides hunger. Instead, we are just trying to better understand ourselves and have more awareness and mindfulness. As we (Brittany and Amy) get sick from most of the food we eat – especially from the salty and sweet snacks our emotions tend to crave – we personally don’t want to be turning to food for bad day we have, because frequently flaring affects our mental health.
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