Not sure? Read on...
1. You eat to feel better
Reaching for food for comfort to try to elevate your mood is often a sign of emotional eating, not true hunger.
Before you reach for that snack, stop for a minute and ask yourself why you're eating and whether that food choice will help you achieve your overall health and fitness goals. If not, opt for something healthy like a piece of fruit. You can also look at other mood elevating options like exercise, journaling or meditation. Maybe try some yoga.
2. You eat to avoid stressful situations
Are you trying to put off a conflict or hard decision? Stress eating can be an emotional response.
Think about other stress reducing activities (see above options as well) like taking a walk or talking to a friend. Try writing down some options that the next time you're faced with this dilemma the options are right in front of you. Less stress!
3. You feel like you have to control over food cravings
Your food decisions probably have less do with willpower and more to do with your desire to help yourself deal with whatever emotions you are feeling.
Try taking away the magic by incorporating some of these foods you crave into regular meals or snacks so you're not so tempted to grab them in stressful times. If you are really struggling with control, you might try talking to a nutrition counselor or surrounding yourself with a community that you can turn to during these times for support.