I have a big problem with this to.. I have not figured it out yet. I guess we need to stop and think before we put food into our mouths...Ask ourselves , are we really hungry ? of course if I went by my own suggestion I guess id have this figured out..lol
After I stopped eating wheat as a personal experiment (not for weight loss) I almost instantly got control of what I had previously thought of as emotional eating. I attribute that to wheat being a trigger food for me that signals me to eat cake and cookies and other baked things I find comforting. When I decided to stop eating wheat (and am working on gluten overall now), I still had emotions that I wanted to soothe with food but since I had eliminated the wheat based baked goods, I simply stopped needing cake, although I can still easily go out and get a gluten free cupcake or something, but it is more trouble and doesn't do the same triggering of emo eating. Just a mindset, I guess, but works for me.
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11,182 5/2/13 11:48 P
It's a problem for me too
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5/2/13 11:27 P
thanks! this is been inspiring. I like the idea of getting in touch with what feeling I am trying to fix with food. I just gave away a gallon of icecream at work because I want to find a healthier way to satisfy my sweet craving.
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5/1/13 4:56 A
I tend to eat for reward but have worked hard on breaking that habit and thought process over the last year or so.
I healed the emotional reasons I eat so things are better. But there still are those moments. So I keep a bowl of sugar free hard candy to suck on. I limit myself to 2. I also keep carrots cut up and that helps. Going for a walk instead of eating helps too. I have also given myself a manacure. It's hard to eat with wet nail polish on.
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4/29/13 9:47 P
Switched from milk chocolate to dark chocolate, sugar free, fat free cool whip, low fat ice cream, and those 100 cal. Skinny Cow or Healthy Choice frozen bars for snack time at night. Lots more fresh fruit, especially strawberries, now that they are cheaper again. Just change your snacks.................emotional eating will always be there, I'm 66 and that's the honest TRUTH, don't let the celebs fool you!
oo my goodness, you are singing to the choir on this one...that is why I got fat in the first place..
I would be the typical one with the spoon in the ice cream, I ate to celebrate good things, I ate when I was sad, I ate when I was happy... I just ate and not for healthy reasons
The only way I was able to break my emotional eating was I really had to tune into my emotions. On my tracker there was a place to keep notes, whenever I took a peice of food to my mouth, I forced myself to record my emotion.... WHY was I eating?
How did I feel, Was I eating because I was hungry or was it because something triggered my emotion and so it be..
I noticed the more I tracked I was able to pin point on why I was eating.. I ate because I was rewarding myself.. well ok, I am not a dog....
I ate because of a song came on that reminded me of a family or friend or old boyfriend, that was a trigger and to the fridge I would go, I would have to track that, and then I forced myself to face that situation and deal with it.. with each food trigger, I dealt with why.. This was not an overnight process for me because I was not able to deal with things all at once, I had to deal with things one thing and one day at a time.
Did something stress me out and I ate? Well why... what was my mood.. blaaaaaaahhhh
I do have to say I am a recovering emotional eater.. I have not emotionally eaten in over a year now... it took me 4years to overcome everything. But now, I still track my moods if i know I am wanting to eat more than normal. I still have my triggers which sets things off for me, but now, I have a habit in place and things I can do in place of eating..
For my rewards it is now a trip to the local salon ( a teaching college) to where I can get my hair or nails done... its a reward to down a new favorite song or to buy new guitar strings
For stress and I notice it, I make myself do a quick work out or take a long walk somewhere
For trigger emotions (like when bad things happen in the world or within the family), I like to find good fun upbeat music or find a comedy movie, or I like to make long conversations on the phone with friends or family I haven;t heard from in a long time, or even just call one my friends set a walk/lunch date with them.
With each action of eating there is a great counter action of things you can do, you just have to find your own passions and likes and what do you want to spend time on that you haven't been because your stuck shoveling food in your mouth... For that, I got back into my crafts and sewing and photography.
we keep looking for a magic pill or comfort food when we are upset or depressed. We want to change how we FEEL but not necessarily do something about whatever it is that made us feel that way to begin with. Figure out what doesn't work for you and change things that you can change...and find away to deal with what you can't change.
A lot of times we just need to get over those feelings and let them pass. Some things you need to let go of... and they will ... if you let them That's why FORGIVENESS is so important...it's a way of letting go of the hurt and moving on
Like you, I am an emotional eater. If I feel stressed or depressed then I turn to food for comfort. It is very seldom hunger that drives me to eat. How is it that I have reached the age of 56 and am still doing this?! Trying to deal with it by not having trigger foods in the house and eating lots more vegetables. Low calorie, high nutrition. Keep telling myself how much better I feel when I eat healthily, reminding myself how ill the less healthy options make me feel. And keep taking it one day at a time. Would be interested to hear what coping strategies other people have.
4/27/13 5:40 A
I sometimes go to bed early and watch TV in bed. (more in the winter or when it's cold - still cold in the evenings in UK). That way I'm upstairs, cosy in bed so I don't feel inclined to rush downstairs to get something to eat. Also most things I watch are recorded so I fast forward the ads - again you don't have those few minutes when you just have to get something to eat. It doesn't completely solve the problem, and my main reason for doing that is to save on heating as downstairs is very difficult to keep warm - but it's a helpful by-product!
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4/27/13 4:07 A
I want to hear what people are doing to take control of emotional eating. I eat for comfort. I admit it.
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