oo my goodness, you are singing to the choir on this one...that is why I got fat in the first place..
I would be the typical one with the spoon in the ice cream, I ate to celebrate good things, I ate when I was sad, I ate when I was happy... I just ate and not for healthy reasons
The only way I was able to break my emotional eating was I really had to tune into my emotions. On my tracker there was a place to keep notes, whenever I took a peice of food to my mouth, I forced myself to record my emotion.... WHY was I eating?
How did I feel, Was I eating because I was hungry or was it because something triggered my emotion and so it be..
I noticed the more I tracked I was able to pin point on why I was eating..
I ate because I was rewarding myself.. well ok, I am not a dog....
I ate because of a song came on that reminded me of a family or friend or old boyfriend, that was a trigger and to the fridge I would go, I would have to track that, and then I forced myself to face that situation and deal with it.. with each food trigger, I dealt with why..
This was not an overnight process for me because I was not able to deal with things all at once, I had to deal with things one thing and one day at a time.
Did something stress me out and I ate? Well why... what was my mood.. blaaaaaaahhhh
I do have to say I am a recovering emotional eater.. I have not emotionally eaten in over a year now... it took me 4years to overcome everything. But now, I still track my moods if i know I am wanting to eat more than normal. I still have my triggers which sets things off for me, but now, I have a habit in place and things I can do in place of eating..
For my rewards it is now a trip to the local salon ( a teaching college) to where I can get my hair or nails done... its a reward to down a new favorite song or to buy new guitar strings
For stress and I notice it, I make myself do a quick work out or take a long walk somewhere
For trigger emotions (like when bad things happen in the world or within the family), I like to find good fun upbeat music or find a comedy movie, or I like to make long conversations on the phone with friends or family I haven;t heard from in a long time, or even just call one my friends set a walk/lunch date with them.
With each action of eating there is a great counter action of things you can do, you just have to find your own passions and likes and what do you want to spend time on that you haven't been because your stuck shoveling food in your mouth... For that, I got back into my crafts and sewing and photography.
Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 4/29/2013 (14:31)
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