Emotional eating refers to any time we eat when we are not physically hungry. There are all kinds of reasons we do it. Sometimes we eat because we are bored, sad, mad, happy, frustrated, distracted or virtually any other reason than actually being hungry. EE can become a habit that when practiced over time, becomes automatic. To increase your awareness around EE, try this exercise. For one day, keep a record of each time you eat something. Document whether you ate it because you were actually physically hungry or just because it seemed like a good idea at the time! Next, for three days, practice eating only because your are experiencing physical hunger.
Make sure that you have strategies to replace emotional eating, like: going for a walk, talking to a friend or writing in a journal. Once you get the hang of this, you will be impressed by the decrease in the amount of food you eat in a day. This, by the way, is a great weight loss tool!