How to Overcome Emotional Eating Workshop + Yoga Session

How many times have you turned to food to deal with your emotions?

I can’t even count the number on all of my fingers and toes.

Emotional eating and binge eating was a daily ritual for me – every morning I would promise myself that I would eat well that day, but after dinner I just couldn’t help but start to snack and be helpless to stop – whole boxes of cereal, tubs of yogurt and chocolate bars gone in one evening! I now know that I was using food to try and control how I felt, but food could never satisfy me because it wasn’t dealing with the real issues that were causing me to eat.

how to stop emotional eating with rewellbeing

If you have ever googled ‘am I an emotional eater’ or ‘what is emotional eating’, then it’s likely that you’re struggling with how to overcome emotional eating. It’s also likely that you have come across countless articles telling you to simply ‘call a friend’, ‘read a book’ or ‘go for a walk’ to help you feel better. Although these articles are well intentioned by the author, I have found them to be totally useless; in the heat of the moment when you can’t stand feeling so stressed, upset or lonely any longer, following someone’s advice to go for a walk just isn’t going to cut it and you are compelled to down a pint of ice cream or sharing size bag of crisps because it seems like the only way to feel anything like happier.

I totally get it. I’ve been there – it’s beyond frustrating that you can’t seem to control what you eat, totally isolating because no one seems to get it when you try and explain your situation, and leaves you feeling guilty and hopeless that things will ever change.

But I want to reassure you that it is possible to stop emotional eating for good.

It is possible to be satisfied by one piece of cake, to stop being worried that someone will find your stash of food wrappers, and to not even have a stash of wrappers at all!!

how to overcome emotional eating


re:Wellbeing by Rachel Evans health behaviour change psychology

Through my new business re:Wellbeing, I want to help you to become the best version of yourself and create an effortlessly healthy lifestyle by understanding yourself better and developing good habits.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might be interested/surprised to know that I am a health behaviour change psychologist who specialises in working with people who feel increasingly frustrated that they have no self-control and can’t seem to make their healthy habits stick. I draw on evidence-based techniques and my past struggles with orthorexia and binge-eating to help clients to understand themselves better and to recommend personalised strategies to enable them to live the healthy lifestyle that they dream of.


psychology and yoga workshop to overcome emotional eating

I’m so thrilled to announce the first workshop that I will be running with Rachael Smith Yoga.

The workshop aims to help you improve your relationship with food and stop emotional eating from controlling your life and your happiness.

What’s included?

45 minute interactive psychology workshop with supporting e-book (run by me – re:Wellbeing).

By the end of the session you will

  • Be clear about what emotional eating is
  • Understand why you turn to food to deal with your emotions
  • Have actionable strategies to stop the urge to eat
  • Know how to respond when a craving strikes

60 minute yoga practice (run by Rachael Smith Yoga)

  • Suitable for complete beginners or those who have been practicing yoga for a while.
  • We will be learning a simple Sadhana practice, (an easy but effective daily yoga ritual)
  • The routine will be simple, involving both movement and breathing techniques. And should take no longer than 20 minutes per day.
  • It will help you to confirm and keep your daily intentions, feel calmer and freer in both your body and mind.
  • You will be guided and encouraged to continue the practice for 21 days following on from the workshop via the private facebook group.

Tea and private Q&A

Also includes

21 day access to a private facebook group
The group will support your yoga practice and mind set changes.

  • 3 live Q&A sessions with Rachel from re:wellbeing
  • Live yoga sessions
  • A positive and supportive community

Do you want to overcome emotional eating for good?


The Overcome Emotional Eating Workshop + Yoga will be held on 19th August, 1-3pm, Instinctive Health, Sheffield.

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. We have already had a great response and sold tickets from day 1, so please book now so you don’t miss out.

You are welcome to attend the session even if you are not fully committed to doing the yoga practice for 21 days afterwards. The workshop will still be incredibly beneficial to help you understand your emotions, eating behaviour and how you can change it.

Likewise if you don’t feel like you have to overcome emotional eating, but you have another habit that you are trying to change and would like to be involved in the facebook support group and yoga challenge you are welcome to attend the session.

strategies to end emotional eating

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the workshop or how to overcome emotional eating please leave a comment below or email me at my business address

I am also aware that people may be unable to attend on the day of the workshop, so I am thinking of making the content of the workshop available online as videos and an e-book download. Please click here to join the mailing list and be kept up to date with developments on the course.

P.S. Here is the link to the workshop again.


Photographs by Paula Melissa Photography.


    • July 27, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      I know how you feel, usually all of the events I want to attend are held in London! I was reading a really interesting thing about cake cravings the other day and it was saying about how we associate cake with celebrations and good times when we are younger, so we can crave it when we are older if we are missing those feelings. Also the instant hit of sugar makes you feel good and you can be craving that if you have low energy.

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much, I am excited but a bit nervous to be running events!

  1. July 26, 2017 / 10:10 am

    This sounds like a great workshop, I have certainly been guilty of doing this at times x

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Victoria. I can only imagine what having two children does to your emotions and stress levels. I think everyone does eat emotionally at some point – it’s just how often and how it is making you feel.

  2. jennifer durrans
    July 26, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Sounds really good and honestly I think I’m guilty of being an emotional eater too sometimes. x

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. Hope your emotional eating isn’t causing you any trouble. I think we all do it sometimes, but it can get out of hand. I am going to be creating some free resources and a paid course (in the next few months), so keep your eye out if you feel like it would be useful 🙂

  3. July 26, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I used to be an emotional eater but habits can be changed.

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment Jenny. I know that when I was in a stage of emotional eating a lot it feels like it will never stop and I just had to give in to the cravings, but as you say – it can be thought of as a habit and there is lots of research about how to change habits. I’m actually studying my PhD on it!! But I think it is always nice to hear from real people who have actually managed to change their habits.

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Hi Rachel. Great name 😉 Thanks for your comment. I really think that awareness if the first step. If you aren’t aware of your emotions and when you start to eat it will be so difficult to change anything.

  4. July 27, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Sounds like a great course and has lots of help for those who emotional eat. I hope your journey is successful x

  5. July 27, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    This sounds an amazing course that will help so many people. I seem to be the opposite and struggle to eat when I’m upset / stressed / emotional. It’s so strange how emotions affect us all so differently!

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      That’s so interesting. I expect a lot of people could relate to you on that.

  6. August 29, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Congratulations on the new venture Rachel! So pleased and genuinely happy for you and wishing you all the success. I think a lot of us can relate to some form of emotional eating when that extra chocolate square (or two!) seems to be whispering our name… I’m trying to be more mindful about my eating now and dealing with feelings and emotions first, before I resort to food. Best of luck with the workshop Rachel xx

    • Heathy & Psyched
      September 2, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      Hi Tania. Nice to hear from you on my blog!! I think that’s the key – to recognise the emotions and feelings that are driving food cravings and to realise that food isn’t going to help satisfy your needs.

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