The Triggers of Emotional Eating
Eating is deeply tied to our emotional profile. Feeling celebratory? A pizza is in order. Dealing with heartbreak? Ice cream, lots of ice cream. The hormones cortisol and dopamine play a major role in what we crave and when.
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Cortisol, the stress hormone, makes us want to load up on carbs. Dopamine, which is part of the brain’s reward system, makes us crave comfort foods. Eating our favorite foods triggers a release of serotonin, the happy chemical. Eating can also be used as a distraction from painful or unpleasant emotions. Comfort foods are also often associated with happy memories. Food for thought.