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100 Days of Weight Loss - Day 51

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Is Emotional Eating?

"Anytime I reach for food when I'm not physically hungry or needing nutrition" is emotional eating.

If I grabbed a candy bar on a stressful day, I wouldn't do much damage. But if I don't watch out I could slide into using food to "fix" my emotional needs. This will destroy my healthy lifestyle plan, as well as ruin my motivation and self-esteem.

If I'm gong to stop emotional eating, I have to recognize that I'm doing it. I need to start paying attention to the times when I eat, when I'm not truly hungry. I need to look at my habits, such as having snack crackers before or after a workout, or having a comfort food, when I get off the phone with some people.

I need to think about food, and decide whether I'm having a physical or emotional need, before I put anything in my mouth. I need to ask myself, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"

If I decide that I'm hungry, then I need to fuel God's Temple. However, it I'm having a "desire to eat," I need to catch myself on the spot and ask; "What's going on here? What's making me want to eat right now?" Then, I need to consider how I can take care of my needs, instead of appeasing them with food.

My assignment today is to make a sign that says, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"

Whenever I want to eat something, I will pull out the sign. Then, I'll decide if I need fuel or if my food desire is related to my emotions.

I my journal, I'll make a list of situations or places where I'm most likely to do emotional eating. Do I notice any patterns or specific time when I struggle with this?

If or when this emotional eating kicks in, I'll give an update here!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NANCYTUNBERG64 2/21/2014 7:01AM

    A great lesson. I think I may try this one.

Thank you

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2014 8:02PM

  Yes, I find journaling extremely helpful, because it helps me identify patters (good and bad) and then come up with plans to deal with the situations that cause me to eat for comfort.

Good luck and HUGS

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SHOOTINGSTAR12 2/20/2014 7:48PM

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