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Boy do I need this SP article on emotional eating!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The good news is that your Emotional Eating Beast is a pretty dim-witted emoticon critter, and you can trick it into going back where it came from without too much effort, if you know how to do it. Here are some tricks that usually work:
Play the Stalling Game. Your Beast has a very short emoticon attention span, and if you can manage to stall emoticon it for just a few minutes on its way to the kitchen, it will often emoticon forget why it woke up in the first place, and happily emoticon go back where it came from. So, instead emoticon of trying to fight it and tell it that it can’t have what it wants, just tell it to hang on for five minutes emoticon and wait until you’re done doing what you’re doing. If necessary, you can usually get away with stalling like this 2-3 times before things start to get ugly, and most of the time, that 10-15 minutes will be plenty long enough for your Beast to forget the whole business and go back to sleep. emoticon

Play the Distraction/Substitution Game. If your Beast doesn’t fall for the Stalling Game, you can still use your emoticon superior mental capacities to keep the upper hand. The key here is to keep in mind that what your Beast really wants isn’t food, but emotional comfort emoticon . If you can find ways to comfort emoticon yourself that don’t involve food, the need to eat will go away very quickly. Find something you enjoy doing that’s simple and easy to do right away. Listen to soothing or inspirational music emoticon , take a hot bath emoticon or a nice walk around the block, logon to SparkPeople emoticon , grab the phone and chat emoticon with a friend, or do some inspirational reading emoticon —you get the idea.

Think of the Beast as a young child who just woke up from a nightmare, and of yourself as the parent emoticon looking for a way to help your child emoticon calm down and realize that it was all just a bad dream. emoticon

Play the Good Beast/ Bad Beast Game. Even though the Beast may seem powerful and overwhelming, it is just as afraid of you as you are of it. It knows full well that you can and, someday, probably will just tell it to go take a hike emoticon , and that will be the end of the game. To postpone this unhappy day for as along as possible, the Beast is always willing to negotiate with you if you can muster up enough nerve emoticon to stare it in the eye and demand some sort of compromise you can live with. If you keep your kitchen stocked with healthy snacks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon that won’t kill your diet and your self-respect, and you let the Beast get its hands on them, then you can both stay relatively happy—until that day when you’re ready to finally toss the Beast out emoticon and change the locks. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OOLALA53 8/25/2013 1:35PM

    Having fair and reasonable meals makes implementing these tactics much easier. I'm like Nelljones. Most emotional eating is snacking, in essence. I don't snack on weekdays, except for cafe au lait or mocha, and it has eliminated just about all emotional eating. It's second nature now. I would feel funnier having snacks now than not. Even weekend emotional eating is rare now. But it took time.

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NELLJONES 8/24/2013 8:08AM

    I don't eat between meals, period. It's an old discipline, not unusual until the last 30 years or so. It's too easy to make an internal debate about what or when to eat without that discipline. When I am feeling "itchy" as I think of it, I look at the clock and at my meal planner and start salivating over what comes next. And have a cup of coffee, of course.

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NEVERGIVEUP57 8/24/2013 6:03AM

    Cute how you dressed up the article!!! But so true, when I'm in my right frame of mind the stall game works, what is nice is sometimes if you get busy without realizing you stop and think "wow the urge is completely gone" or in the evening "I really don't want anything now".

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COCK-ROBIN 8/24/2013 12:56AM


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NANCYPAT1 8/23/2013 11:07PM

    Great blog - lots of information

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BELDONDOG1 8/23/2013 11:06PM

    Good blog! I think I better go and lock my doors, just in case!

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ARTJAC 8/23/2013 9:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/23/2013 9:00PM

    Great article and reminder!

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2HAMSDIET 8/23/2013 8:45PM

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KATTREE 8/23/2013 8:44PM

    emoticon blog It so true. I really like the way your presented it.

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LAWANDMUSIC 8/23/2013 8:28PM

    Yeah. Thanks for the reminder! ONWARD!!

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SANDRALEET 8/23/2013 7:29PM

    emoticon it out the house emoticon Plant it under a tree

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SUSIEPH1 8/23/2013 7:12PM

    Great blog Chris ... I can tell you that these solutions work most of the time, as I use them frequently ..
You put it into words far better than I could .. Thank you ..
You are such a inspiration ... Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRAGON-CHICK 8/23/2013 5:34PM

I needed that!!!

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CJMOK1121 8/23/2013 4:12PM

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CJ from OK

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FROSTY99 8/23/2013 4:01PM

    emoticon for sharing

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MEMKEEPR 8/23/2013 3:52PM

    Agreed - we must find a way to win over emotional eating. emoticon

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