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What Emotions?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Do you know what you are feeling? I have trouble identifying that. I did not know I had this problem identifying emotions until I began reading a couple of books on emotions and eating.

Both books describe that if we do not allow ourselves to feel our feelings, we could end up eating our feelings. Maybe that is why I eat when I’m not hungry. I chalk it up to old habits. The books describe that often we use food as a coping mechanism to drown out emotions or to sooth them.

There are exercises in the books to help the reader tune into their emotions. I’m having trouble. I can tell that I’m upset sometimes, but identifying if it is anger, or fear, or something else is tough for me.

I don’t know how long I’ve had trouble relating to my emotions. I think I’ve tuned out of emotions because I’ve believed that they are not very useful. They only distract from getting on with it. Also only “weak” people display emotions. Further it is selfish to indulge in emotions as no one wants to hear it.

Reading these books are what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks..until I finish reading or until the books are due back at the library.

The titles:
“End emotional eating : using dialectical behavior therapy skills to cope with difficult emotions and develop a healthy relationship to food” by Taitz, Jennifer L.
“Stop eating your heart out : the 21-day program to free yourself from emotional eating” by Beck, Meryl Hershey
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    Thanks for sharing. I'm pretty sure I just have an addiction to junk food. Although, when I get mad, I don't eat. So maybe I need to get mad more often? emoticon
    1664 days ago
    Interesting! as you might have gathered from reading my posts I'm a very emotional person - and I'm very aware of my emotions. I hope the readings are enjoyable and useful for you :)
    1665 days ago
    Wow! That's interesting reading. I'm sure we'll hear more from you as you dig in. Thanks for sharing.
    1666 days ago
  • RUDITUDI2000
    These books sound really helpful?! I have mixed feelings like you mention in your blog, similar thought process. Not sure its serving me well as I struggle with some of the same things you mention here! Wow! Something to think about...

    Enjoy your reading! emoticon
    1667 days ago
    Great plan
    1667 days ago
    I've never thought about it this way or thought of reading books on behavior and eating. I usually go for the diet/eating habits change type books. I'll have to check those titles out. Thanks for giving me something to think about and great job with SP.
    1667 days ago
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