It is hard to admit, but I am a recovering emotional eater.

Like many of you, I a lead dynamic life. I am a mom, entrepreneur, active community member and engaged in my social life, because of that, I often experience emotional turmoil. I will overbook myself and leave little time to honor and sort through my emotional responses. In these moments, I turn to food to fill up my dry emotional well. I’ve struggled with this for years!

Can you relate to turning swinging through the coffeehouse drive-through to get a Mochadochapepperchino on emotionally draining days?

When we fill the emotional angst with food with hopes it will diminish our upset; we are fooling ourselves. Like myself, many of us experience increased tension during the holidays as we scramble to provide gifts for our loved ones, appease our in-laws, and prepare the perfect festive dinner for the family.  The added pressure in my life leads to more cookies, mac-n-cheese, grab-n-go junk food. What does it do in yours? Some of us overeat as a way to distract ourselves from the root issues in our relationships- whether that be with our partner or close family member.

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with nutritionist expert, Elyse Wagner, about emotional eating and its new ways to start creating resolve. Check out the video.

Elyse’s mission is to help you create sustainable health and happiness by empowering you with the education, skills, and tools to transform your lifestyle and your relationship with your food, attitude, and body.

She’s the creator of My Kitchen Shrink, a virtual nutrition and lifestyle coaching practice offering individualized guidance, group programs, and F.A.B. (food, attitude, and body) blogs. She is the co-founder of The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, an online school training individuals to become Functional Medicine Certified health coaches. Elyse is the author of Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health and co-author of Functional Medicine Coaching: How to Be Part of the Movement That’s Transforming Healthcare. She has been featured in numerous publications including SHAPE and Simply Gluten Free, among others.  Elyse is a Certified Nutritionist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington State. Elyse received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her dual Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition and Clinical Psychology from the internationally renowned holistic medical school, Bastyr University and continues her education through training provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine.