I will suggest that you don't try to make a number of changes at once. If you drink soda - drop a couple glasses and replace with water. If you eat a big bag of potato crisps, just get 1 little bag. Allow your mind/body to get used to those sorts of changes before you drop further. That way you will be more inclined to trick your mind into not noticing it.
Next I will say that if the tips in the links, and those that have been given by the other messages, don't work, then PLEASE make an appointment with your Dr. Explain what is happening and ask for a referral to a Therapist who specializes in Eating Issues. Often the emotional component won't go away without professional help. It probably wouldn't hurt for you to get checked out for other medical conditions which could contribute to this, too, if you haven't already. Things like Hypothyroidism could be a factor.
Good luck, Kris
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2/4/13 11:39 P
You described your challenge as "MAJOR emotional overeating." Before I say anything else, I should say that if you do believe that you engage in severe, detrimental dietary behaviors linked to your emotional state, you might want to speak to a professional (your primary care physician, a nutritionist, or a mental health professional) about your concerns.
That said, many of us use food for comfort in ways that are less-than-healthy, and are able to come up with healthier strategies for managing our emotions. I would recommend that you start by making a list of emotions that trigger your overeating (if you already keep a food journal, this will be a helpful time to leaf through it... otherwise, you might need to track your food for a few days to get your data). Then, list alternate coping mechanisms that you can use in order to manage that emotion. For example, if you're stressed out, you can take a hot bath, read a few chapters in a leisure book, exercise, stretch, practice yoga, mediate, pray, do some art, talk to a friend, etc. etc. etc. Make a list like this for each of your triggering emotions, and then post the list (I like to print mine out on a fancy background) where you're most likely to need it, such as your kitchen.
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2/4/13 6:08 P
Thanks for answering. The thing is I feel like I know everything I should be doing, what I should be eating - I love the idea of eating healthy (but I binge on even healthy foods). I recently had very high blood pressure and had to start taking medication for it - I am only 36 and have two very young girls. You would think that that would be my "aha" moment, but even though I think "hey, I have to do something or I'm going to end up having a stroke or heart attack", there seems to be some disconnect between my mind and what I put in my mouth. I honestly feel completely powerless around food.
2/4/13 3:44 P
I'd have to echo what the last person's post said. They are absolutely right. I was and probably still could be an emotional binge eater. I get it. I've started diets and then stopped in two days. Not sure if it'll help, but visit my spark page and read my blog. I finally had an "ah ha!" moment. There's also a great documentary that I highly suggest. It's called Hungry for Change. Awesome! Watch what you're putting into your mouth though. Processed foods, fast foods even if they're "healthier" and diet soda can trigger cravings and binge eating. They are very addictive. You definitely need to balance your foods out. The last thing you wanna do though is binge eat when you're stressed. Your brain can't tell your body that it's satiated and you're not focused on what you're eating. New rule: Don't eat when you're stressed. Cheers my friend!
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2/4/13 3:00 P
Welcome to Spark People ! I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. that's why SP encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.
Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to workout for an hour, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals. Then you set new ones.
No "all or nothing". Just a few simple changes we can stick with. One small change CAN change your life.
So, let me ask you, what simple goals can you set this week ? Because that's all it takes to begin a healthy lifestyle.
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2/4/13 2:55 P
I keep going through the same cycle - I really want to lose weight, feel fatter than ever, but I don't follow through with my eating plans for longer than a day, maybe two at a time before I find myself binging. Has anyone struggled with MAJOR emotional overeating? It seems like it's constant and I'm trying to be aware of when I'm not really hungry, ect., but the urge to eat is automatic. Please help!! I feel like I will never be free of this
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