Barbara Taczala says that her emotional eating started when her mom and dad passed away. Deep sadness turned into a weight problem for Barbara Taczala. She relied on sweets for comfort. But instead of feeling better, she packed on the pounds.
Linda Spangle, RN, was once an emotional eater like Barbara. Now instead of reaching for food, she plays the piano. She says that it is as though her stress goes out of her fingers. Linda is a weight loss coach. In her new book, Life Is Hard-Food Is Easy, she helps others overcome emotional eating. She says that emotional eating is anytime you reach for food when you're not physically hungry or needing nutrition. The book is a five-step plan designed to help you get to the bottom of your emotion.
One hint? Check out the food you crave. Is it something chewy or crunchy? Linda says that eating crunchy or chewy food describes a person coping with stress, anger and frustration. Smooth and creamy food cravings are signs of loneliness, depression, boredom or restlessness.
Barbara says the book helped her. Now she's back to her old weight. Instead of reaching for Ben and Jerry's, Barbara Taczala says she has a new habit. It's exercising with her kids. Linda Spangle's book, Life Is Hard-Food Is Easy is available at Barnes and Noble.