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Mind and Heart Open

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I just read a blog that touched me greatly and taught me, too. This struggle is really, really tough for many people. You would think by now, with more than 5 decades of fighting obesity and binge eating, and currently feeling rather victorious, I would know all there is to know about battling overeating. But when I read with my mind and heart open, I find new perspectives and idea gems:

* Binge eating is not about food; it is about trying to feel better.

* The desire to binge eat comes on suddenly; physical hunger develops slowly.

* Physical hunger is satisfied by eating; emotional hunger is not satisfied by any amount of food.

Now all three of those statements seem obvious, but they were eye-opening to me when I read them. And each suggests ways to improve my relationship with food and my relationship with myself.



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CINDYW1102 6/30/2013 2:30PM

    Such a simple but wise explanation of what each of us battles daily!
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/29/2013 5:35PM

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MRSBETH99 6/29/2013 7:47AM

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GABY1948 6/28/2013 4:09PM

    I'm about your age and as long as I have battled binge eating I have NEVER quite seen it in this light either. THANK YOU so much for sharing this with us!

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FROSTY99 6/28/2013 2:20PM

    So very obvious, but we don't always want to acknowledge the obvious. Thanks for sharing.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2013 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing those truths.

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MEXGAL1 6/28/2013 9:17AM

    oh how very true.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/28/2013 7:32AM

    That first one definitely hit me. Would be helpful to think about what feeling we are trying to cope with, what feeling we are trying to create, and find a more positive way to get that good feeling.

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MSLZZY 6/28/2013 7:28AM

    That was an eye-opener. Thanks for sharing!

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BESSHAILE 6/28/2013 7:11AM

    And what a joy it is to learn new tricks. Keep on keepin' on.

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DESERTJULZ 6/28/2013 12:21AM

    We learn so much from each other.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/27/2013 11:04PM

    That is SO true! And thanks for sharing.

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JOYINKY 6/27/2013 10:17PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/27/2013 9:25PM

    Totally agree, with all three. As you say, they are obvious, but it took me decades to learn how true they were for ME.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/27/2013 8:59PM

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LINDA! 6/27/2013 8:39PM

    Reminders really do help me.

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TEXASFILLY 6/27/2013 8:36PM

    O yes! Very good insight indeed! It's not about the food. It's about trying to fill a void in the soul. So thankful to be free of binge eating one day at a time. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2013 8:22PM

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LITTLERLINDA 6/27/2013 8:22PM

    Thank you! It's not the food that is so hard to overcome, it is all of those negative emotions. For me, it is so much easier to stuff down those emotions or fill my mouth instead of talk. That of course leads to much of my weight issues. Thanks again for the reminders! Keep going strong!

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WATERMELLEN 6/27/2013 8:16PM

    These three points are new to me too and really resonate.

I can never eat enough to feel better -- I'll only feel worse if I don't stop eating.



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MJREIMERS 6/27/2013 8:14PM

    Sometimes we need those reminders and eye openers. emoticon

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REFFIE1 6/27/2013 7:53PM

    Definitely food for thought. I always find it hard to separate real hunger from craving or emotional eating. I don't think over the years I have really listened to my hunger cues. Geneen Roth has written several books on emotional eating and they are really excellent. Thank you for sharing what you learned with us. emoticon

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