9 Ways to Break the Cycle of Comfort Eating

Learn how you use food to feel better, and what you should be doing instead to boost your mood (12 Photos)

Carol Landau Ph.D. on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:40PM

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9 Ways to Break the Cycle of Comfort Eating

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Eat Mindfully

The first step toward breaking the food-mood cycle is to take a few days and begin to eat mindfully. In our fast-paced, multitasking culture, we are usually in a rush, with multiple family and job responsibilities. We may eat quickly to manage stress, but we rarely eat mindfully, unless it is a “special” occasion. It only takes a few additional minutes to eat in a more relaxed way. Turn off the TV, put down the laptops and phones, and pay attention to the texture, taste and aroma of your food.

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