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Emotional Eating

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Emotional eating is how got myself to an unhealthy weight. I began eating to feel happy and loved from the time I was a teen. Now I am a wife to a wonderful husband who loves me, and the mother to 3 awesome children-- life is good, but when the little stresses come along I still revert to eating my "problems" away-- it's a learned habit now. It is time to try and reverse this and learn new healthier behaviors to handle what comes my way. I know this is going to take some time and discipline but in the end if I can switch my thoughts in a different direction, hopefully I can break free from this cycle of turning to food for every occasion, be it an emotionally up or down situation. My strategy will be to come up with a catch phrase that will make me stop and think before I reach for food. I will also make a list of alternatives to food, like a foot rub with my new peppermint foot lotion or a phone call or text to a friend. I will post this mantra and list of alternatives in my trigger places-- the kitchen and at my work desk. Food is good but it is for fuel and I need to treat it this way.
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SRODMAN 11/8/2013 12:21PM

    I understand about emotional eating. Mine started young also and continued into adulthood. One of the things that really helped me stop this habit is prayer and a real belief that God CAN help me and He has! The one thing that I would do is substitute fruit for chocolate when that craving came around. It worked!! I no longer crave chocolate and haven't for about 4 years! I can tell you have thought about what to do to help yourself which is half the battle won already! I think your idea about substituting something that's not food in place of food is a great idea!! I really like your attitude too! I have found the more positive I am (God HAS to help me on this one too) the more I enjoy working out and eating healthy and it keeps me moving forward, even when I slip up. If you need to talk and want to, I'm here for you and never forget so is God! Sheila emoticon emoticon

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CRICKET217 10/11/2012 2:00PM

    ANDREAG89,
I enjoyed reading you replay back, and thanks for the congrats. I still have a ways to go on this weigh loss journey, but it's amazing how a 36 lb loss can make one feel so much better! You too can do this and it looks like you're already figuring out what works for you- that's awesome and all a part of this life long path to health. I wish you the best of luck and will try some of your strategies. The herbal tea or warm skim milk sound good especially now that the evenings are cooler. These would calming and way better than mindlessly eating.

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ANDREAG89 10/11/2012 1:31PM

    First, congrats on the 36-lb loss according to your ticker. Amazing!!! I can hardly wait to report the same thing!

Secondly, I commend you for admitting to emotional eating. I, too, eat my emotions (but do it so much less now, thanks to Spark), and it's a hard habit to break. Sad? Eat. Happy? Eat. Lonely? Eat. Worried? Eat. And the list goes on.

I'm finding that hot herbal tea helps soothe me, and sometimes I also work into my calories some room for a cup of skim milk with some unsweetened cocoa powder and some truvia for some hot chocolate. Granted, if you're trying to get away from food, then these won't be your answer.

I liked this one though - "I grab my fat" from a secrets of success (under the 'community' menu to the weight loss category to 'popular all time') http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-
category.asp?category=weight-lo
ss_2 as a trick to remind yourself not to eat. Maybe you'll find some others in here as a way to get good ideas.

To prevent my snacking in the evenings I've found other projects to do. Organize the coat closet, clean a drawer in whatever room in the house is begging for it (all of them are), organize my closet into the various sizes, you get the idea.

You are right. Food is good for fuel, and that's its main purpose. WE WILL CONQUER!
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