Emotional Triggers List

Very often when we’re prone to eat when we’re not hungry, we are doing this in response to some emotion that we’d like to distract ourselves from feeling. This can happen consciously or unconsciously. I created this Emotional Triggers list so that you could become more aware of what happens when you feel any of these emotions. Go through the list and ask yourself if experiencing any of these emotions affects what you eat or the way you eat.

Do you eat faster or slower? More or less? Do you eat in public or in secret? Do you feel in control of your eating or out of control?

What happens to your eating when you experience the following emotions?


In Love


Stressed / Overwhelmed

Deserving of a Reward


Tense, Anxious, Worried


Avoiding / Procrastinating

Guilty, Shameful




Trying to be or Needing to be Perfect

Negative Self Talk

Dieting or in the Diet Mentality

Depriving Yourself

Angry, Frustrated or Upset with Someone

Go through this whole list and carefully consider each one. Most people come up with at least 3 or 4 that trigger them to overeat. Once you have this information you can begin to really develop your awareness when you’re experiencing each emotion. You can say to yourself “I’m feeling _______, which is one of my triggers to overeating. I’d better be careful. What else can I do when I’m feeling these tough feelings?”

Many folks find it helpful to keep a journal or make a list of things that they can do instead of eating when they are feeling their trigger emotions.
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If you find you would benefit from more support around your emotional eating, give me a call! I would love to help you discover new ways to manage your emotional triggers and put an end to your emotional eating!