Emotional eating can be a complex topic, but more simply is put in the following two categories. 1. Happy eating: food surrounding celebrations, holidays and milestones. A person may eat if hungry, but most likely eats cake because everyone else is and it is part of the party. Solution: eat before the party so as not to overeat at the party. If you like cake, eat the cake; maybe share a piece with someone or have a small portion. Enjoy it! 2. Sad/depressed/reacting to tragedy that is sudden or long-term. Some people may turn to creamy ice cream to sooth a broken heart, but if the suffering goes longer than a few days, there could be something else a person is craving besides ice cream. What to do in this situation? In times of short-term stress (bad day at work, fight with friend or spouse, parking ticket, etc and etc!) take notice how you deal with it. If you turn to a bag of chips instead of your usual fitness plan, take note and get the chips outta sight! Vow the next time you feel stressed to talk a walk first and eat a nutritious meal?see if it makes a difference in your ?recovery time? from the stressful event.