Learn the difference of when you’re hungry vs. when you are eating because of stress.
Many people (mostly women) will try to soothe themselves with food, which only leads to guilt and probably more stress.
The key to overcoming emotional eating is identifying the need to eat. Rank your desire to eat on a scale of 1 to 10, recommends Santa Barbara, CA, psychotherapist Gloria Arenson, author of Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing. “If it’s an 8, then look at what in your life was an 8 that day. Your boss yelled at you? Your dog ran away? Your kid got into trouble at school?” By finding the stress-match to your craving, you can quickly see if you are actually hungry or are just trying to relieve tension.
With practice of the rating system, you’ll be able to tell when to turn to real friends and when to confide in Ben and Jerry.