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4/26/13 2:30 A
Thanks to all that have given me suggestions on kerbing the emotional eating. I will definately being trying a few. I love sewing so instead of eating I willl make an outfit and drink plenty of water whilst cutting or sewing. The other side of things is actually facing up to issues and dealing with them head on. this one will be tough for me but thanks to all of you I know there is positive support out there. Thanks to all.
4/25/13 2:09 P
First of all, BIG hugs to you. I truly believe that acknowledging what is an issue for you is the first step in gaining control over it.
When I get upset or frustrated or bored or angry, I also want to eat everything in sight. I find that stepping away from the stituation (going for a walk, writing in my journal, listening to uplifting music, or texting/calling one of my friends) helps a lot. I also make sure to keep something that takes a lot of chewing (celery, carrots, gum) at hand. Sometimes, that is what helps me since it can be a bit slow going to change eating habits and long ingrained responses to stress.
I find that a lot of the times that I get angry and frustrated is because I've ALLOWED something to happen that isn't okay. It could be that I've set poor boundaries, I've procrastinated on something that I should have taken care of earlier for example. I try to learn from that and do better next time. And sometimes, I'm just having a really bad day. On those days, I might go to bed earlier and read a book or listen to soothing music...anything that makes me feel like I'm being taken care of. I am my own best friend after all.
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I am definitely an emotional eater, too - whether I'm happy, sad, stressed, bored, or otherwise. I think the other posters have great ideas, but another thing to consider starting up is meditation. The awesome, wonderful, beautiful thing about meditating is that you can do it anywhere, almost any time, and even just 5 or 10 minutes of it can result in a huge change in your outlook and feelings.
There are lots of great guided meditations online (which I find helpful - I'm not very good at self-directing my meditation), or you can just sit with your eyes closed for 5-15 minutes (set a timer on your phone or watch) and focus on your breathing.
I know some people think meditation is hokey - I used to - but it has really helped me in all facets of my life, and just generally made me more mindful of my bad habits so I can nip them in the bud when I see them creeping up.
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4/25/13 12:54 P
I have had a similar problem. I had trouble with snacking both when I quit smoking, and any time I was sitting around my house (boredom, I guess). Getting up and moving around helps. Also, doing something that occupies your hands can help. If those don't work, then you just have to ask yourself if you are really hungry, or is something else at play?
I used to be an emotional eater too. I find myself doing something when I feel stressed now by tending my veggie plants or getting into a craft. Jigsaw puzzle are a great destresser they get your mind off things searching for that fitting piece. Maybe this can work for you by finding something you can go to when stress is getting the best of you.
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4/25/13 8:55 A
There are some good suggestions here. I agree that you need to break the cycle of worrying and emotional eating. One other trick that comes to mind is to think of something wonderful that you want more than anything - a trip to France? a better job? a new outfit? - or whatever feels like a really big dream from where you are now in life.
Then, each time you're feeling that familiar pain that has (in the past) led you to emotional eating, pull out the folder that contains the details of how you're going to achieve your dream. Work on it. Let it steep in your mind. Imagine yourself doing the thing or being in the place that means so much to you. Come up with some new strategies for how you can get there, and give yourself a timeline. Break it down into small, manageable steps.
You'll actually be replacing the negative stuff with the thing you want most, and then - when you achieve it - won't it feel glorious?
Best of luck!
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4/25/13 6:58 A
My suggestion would be to start journalling to get those thoughts that cause you to eat out on paper. Also, before you go to eat, drink 2 full glasses of water.....it does break the thought process and fill you up.
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24,238 4/25/13 3:32 A
I have found that going for a walk outside helps but if that is not possible try something that will take your mind off of it.
Trev, Kent Southeast UK
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