"We no longer just eat to get physically nourished, most of us also eat to fill some other need. We eat because we are bored, stressed, or lonely. We, as a society, haven't done a good job at finding non-food ways to cope," says Linda Sartor, a diabetes nutrition specialist at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "To make healthier choices, we need to practice new habits. That takes repetition and ongoing support, so we don't fall back in to our old habits."
Changing the way you think about and consume food may not happen overnight. But making changes can help you avoid damage to your eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart.