Danielle Brooks gives us some strategies to make healthy food choices when our emotions want us to eat differently.

103- How to Work Through Emotions to Make Healthy Food Choices with Danielle Brooks

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

April 2, 2020

Have you ever had an emotional experience, and used food as a way to comfort you? What about being stressed about all the different "bad" foods and diets that are out there?

I know I have had those experiences before, and I am sure you probably have as well. Almost all adults have tried a diet at some point, and at any given point, over 50% of adult Americans are trying to lose weight.

Would you like it if there was an easier way to enjoy food?


The "Diet" Trend Got It All Wrong

Considering about 95% of people fail on a diet, the data indicates that dieting does not seem to create sustainable success.

However, people have lost weight or made changes to their health on quite a few different diets. So how do some people have success with food, while others don't?

Part of it is bio-individuality, which means what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for everyone. But another huge piece is the habits around food, and your relationship with food.

In this episode with Danielle Brooks, she teaches us steps to listen to body cues on when to eat, and how to have a healthy relationship with food.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How we have developed negative relationships with food
  • Why it can be unhealthy to judge food
  • Steps to start connecting with the food you eat without guilt
  • How to be successful with being social and still eating intuitively


  • [2:00] Why is Danielle Brooks so passionate about emotional eating
  • [4:30] Who are some of the experts in emotional eating that Danielle follows
  • [6:00] Does someone's entire life experience impact their connection with food, or should we focus on the "right now"
  • [7:15] Intermittent Fasting is helping people to listen to your body and not force yourself to eat when you aren't hungry
  • [8:45] We get so many conflicting information about "good" vs "bad" foods, how can we handle these situations
  • [10:00] What are the steps someone can take if they are starting from scratch with dieting
  • [12:00] After the hunger check then you want to start following the hunger scale
  • [14:00] When you've been taught to finish your plate, what happens if you reach your satisfied threshold before the plate is gone
  • [15:30] The 3rd beginning step is to enjoy the eating experience
  • [16:45] In social situations you can "fall off the bandwagon", how do you still enjoy being social and eat in a great way
  • [19:45] We think the whole world will be judging us as we make changes, but most people are so distracted in their own lives
  • [20:30] Danielle's final thoughts around emotional eating
  • [23:15] Inevitably something will happen in life that throws you off of these steps, how do you get back on track

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks teaches us how to control our emotional eating

Danielle Brooks teaches us how to control our emotional eating

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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