I find it helps to use a hunger scale. I find it difficult to know when to eat,but am fairly good in knowing when to stop. I am an emotional eater,with an extreme anxiety disorder & deep depression. I eat to feel safe & comforted & to quiet all the noises in my head…those insane thoughts,all the worrying & fears…the worst case scenarios. My thoughts are often all over the place & often terrifying. I find eating to be a handy distraction. It can feel like a lifeline when I am under an anxiety attack or feeling deep depression. I use my laptop in the dining room…quick access to the kitchen. We have an abundance of microwave food in the kitchen & sometimes snacks in the basket behind me.
When I am feeding my emotions I opt for something quick to feel better…& then eat it fairly fast. I’m not fueling my body,I am soothing my emotions. I’m not hungry,I am emotional. Food becomes a drug…it becomes therapy…it becomes a loving friend…& becomes a safety net.