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Emotional Eating

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I am an absolute emotional eater. When I am sad, I will eat, when I am confused, I will eat, when I am happy, I will eat. But I can't just stick to one little candy bar or bowl of ice cream, its as though I have to eat the whole box or carton as I sit and worry about all of these things beyond my control. I've read almost everything there is on emotional eating, why we do it (because we are afraid to confront those emotions), why we crave food (the feel good chemicals they emit), and how we can stop (mindfully eat, breathe, use a device to snap back to the present moment, eat with others, dont' eat when tired....) but so far I have to say I haven't found anything that quite works. When I tell myself to be present I realize that i'm half-way through a Ben and Jerry's and I add guilt to my current state of emotions then end up eating the whole damn thing anyway. no, what seems to work now for me is to concentrate on my belly. When i take a bite, I try to visualize how my belly feels and sometimes contract those muscles to judge if I am starting to feel full yet. this mindful way of incorporating my body has seemed to help connect me with my center and also as i concentrate I can more clearly see those emotions and i force myself to start confronting them. Oh, and keeping trigger food out of the house also seems to really do the trick ;)
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  • v WATERDIAMONDS
    As you contract your stomach and feel your emotions, you might also try writing down two things:

    1) Just eyeballing it, how much B&J did I have in that bite? 1T? 2? 6?

    2) What emotion did I just eat?

    You can use this information to search for patterns in your emotional eating (more often when I'm angry? tired? sad?) AND you can use the actual writing process to keep your hands somewhat occupied so that you perhaps slow down the rate and reduce the amount of your eating.

    Best of success to you. emoticon
    1356 days ago
  • v TIG123GER
    You have taken the first step by joining Spark and blogging. Keeping yourself mindful of the issues helps when the time comes to have to resist. Know that we are all in the same situation and are here for you. You are definitely right about keeping trigger foods out of the house - it is so easy to reach for the B & J without even thinking about it and, I don't know about you, but I am too lazy to go out for something specific so I don't eat it if it's not around me. Lots of luck!
    1357 days ago
  • v FIGHTINGFORME1
    I USED TO BE AS WELL...THERE ARE STILL SOMETIMES WHERE IT WILL TAKE EVERYTHING I HABE TO NOT EAT MY EMOTION...ITS HARD AND I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL COMPLETELY. TRY TAKING A WALK TO HELP CLEAR YOU HEAD IT HELPS ME REGAIN CONTROL SO IT MIGHT HELP YOU
    1357 days ago
  • v JUDYHELP
    emoticon emoticon I know where your coming from. But I started picking up a piece of paper and wrote down how I felt and then later read it back and got a few laughs. Try it and see!! Hope that it works for you. Also keep a bottle of water in your hand, or reachable. Good luck on your journey and success on not letting our emotions take over. emoticon to sunny days ahead for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon we can do this. Judy
    1357 days ago
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