Wellness Matters

Don't Eat Yourself into a Pitfall

January 26, 2015

Jeannie Sykes, PhD, RD

With the New Year comes resolutions to eat better and exercise more. But what happens when our healthy lifestyle is sabotaged by our emotions?

Dr. Jeannie Sykes, registered dietitian with Cone Health Family Medicine Center, spoke on Fox 8 House Calls on ways to avoid emotional eating triggers.

How do I avoid emotional eating pitfalls?

It is important to set realistic goals for yourself and understand that weight loss is a journey that takes time if you want to sustain it.

Also, understanding the role food plays in your life can help you meet your emotional needs in ways other than with food. The most important thing you can bring to the table is mindfulness. When reaching for the cookies, ask yourself: "Am I eating because I feel upset right now?" or "Am I looking to food to help me feel better?"

Learn ways to avoid these pitfalls from Dr. Sykes in the video below.


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