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STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
1/18/13 5:40 P

The only way to over come it is to NOT forget about your emotions-feel them!
If you're fighting with someone, talk about it. I have the same issues. I warned my family already (who tends to gang up on me and be straight up rude to me) that they shouldn't be surprised if I stand up for myself when they pi$$ me off.

Part of the reason why I use food as an avoidance tactic is because I don't like to make waves. I've been insulted to my face, and I didn't say anything because I didn't want to create a problem. The problem was that I was hurting myself by eating to get over it.
Don't overwhelm yourself. Start small. Before you eat something, think really hard about what you're actually feeling. If you're upset, talk about it with whom you're upset. It's hard to do at first-I still struggle with it, but you'll thank yourself later, and you'll likely feel better afterwards.

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1/18/13 12:34 P

Thank you so much for that article. I truly enjoyed reading that and I plan to go home and put some of these in place. I think scrapbooking is going to be my new hobby because I love taking pictures. I also plan on going home and making a new play list to listen to when my mood needs a boost. I have a new series of books for xmas that I did not start so I do truly look forward to reading them.

Thank you so much!!!

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1/18/13 12:27 P


Learning to overcome emotional eating is not an easy thing. Emotional eating is a complex issue with no easy solution. It really does take time to change habits.

I give all new Spark members one piece of advice when they start out,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. And that's what Spark is all about. It's all about taking small steps towards your goals. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible.

That's why you need to cut yourself some slack. You're not perfect. You're doing to make mistakes. We all did. It's part of the learning process. Where to start ? Start by reading some of the great spark articles on emotional eating. The more you learn the better you'll be able to cope with your stress in ways that don't involve food. You really don't need food to feel better.

Be kind to yourself as you would to others.

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1/18/13 12:15 P

For me, I had to find another way to deal with my emotions. I tend to go for a walk - both the movement and getting away from the situation helps me. Also, when I'm walking I can let myself work out my feelings. Or if I'm really angry, I have a stress ball that I throw really hard at the wall - its soft enough that it doesn't do any damage.


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1/18/13 9:17 A


One thing I have learned is that food is never a substitute for us having to go through the emotions of life--both good and bad. This is where journaling can become a very powerful tool in helping you change your behavior. Some studies have shown that not only tracking one's nutrition is a big help, but writing down how you feel can help you become aware of the emotions you were going through at the time.

Making yourself aware of why you do, what you do, when you do it is really how we change. We must STOP and THINK before eating. We must sit and ask, "Am I eating out of hunger? boredom? because I am stressed or lonely?" Once we connect our emotions to the situation, then and only then can we begin to come up with a plan on how to deal with these type of issues. I wish there was an easier way, but when we permanently change, we no longer have to think we just do, and the experts call that 'A HABIT'

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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1/18/13 7:38 A

I am an emotional eater... If I am having a bad night and I feel like I am losing grip, I eat to make myself feel better whick is why I am in the situation I am in and want to lose weight and make a lifestyle change.

How do you control the emotional eating? If I am happy, If I am in a good mood, if I want to celebrate, I do not need food. If I am fighting with my bestie, my fiance or my family, all I want to do it eat and forget about it. I need to know how to overcome this problem

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