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6/8/14 6:15 P

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as far as my problem with emotional eating, for me, I find that this happens to me often thru out the week, but I find that I do best when I sit down and work on my crochet project ( I make crocheted blankets for Project Linus). This keeps my hands clean, busy and away from food as well as keeping my mind off my emotions and the food that I often gravitate towards.



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6/5/14 11:28 P

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Sounds really good! emoticon

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6/5/14 12:04 P

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I discovered sliced strawberries and sliced peaches topped with a low fat fruit yogurt and it is not only satisfying but very very tasty.

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6/5/14 2:26 A

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I know how you feel. That is a hard time for me also. I have been eating an apple or banana. If it is bad I will eat a lite yogurt. Yoplait make some that taste like pie. Strawberry shortcake and red velvet cake. I am sure there is more, give that a try..



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6/2/14 8:10 P

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:) there is always a hidden agenda going on in here somewhere. Good that you found it and don't worry about the red face we will never say anything about it. My struggle with comfort food comes in the middle of the night most times. The rest of the time I am pretty much in control.

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6/1/14 2:21 P

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instead of trying to skip my comfort eating time...I preplanned and pretracked my snacks to make sure that fit in the day's meal plan...and I use a kitchen scale to weigh out all portions so I know I am only eating an ounce of cheese and not 2 or 3!



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6/1/14 9:50 A

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Lately I have been have a fight with my tummy, sometimes it looks as if I am about to give birth and at others, I am flat as a pancake. I think it is very useful to look in detail at the Spark food plans to see what is being recommended rather than try to create one's own meal plan. Drinking water certainly helps,

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5/31/14 3:47 P

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That is ok. We did get side tracked on our didabilities. If you have anything to say to help us with the topic, please do.



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emoticon WOW, what are you guys talking about?? emoticon I clicked on email topic "Comfort Eating: Replace old established habits." I see insurance, health care, politicians, doctors. Are these ways to Replace my established habits? Maybe you need to make some new topics in here, Waddya think? emoticon

emoticon OK so after re-reading and going down a little further, make more sense. Boy is my face ever RED! emoticon


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There's a lot going on in here, it will take me a bit to read all this and catch up. I suppose there are options and two sides to every situation. But, when it comes to health and insurance you can know for a fact that you are out to get screwed by some health care form, insurance company or Doctor, it's the system that is all there is to it.

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5/30/14 11:54 A

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that just figures politicians emoticon

1Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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5/30/14 2:15 A

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A few years back we had a one term governor in Missouri that fixed it that you can't sue a doctor in this state. Once he was out of office he got a high powered job for an insurance company. Makes you go hmmm something stinks. emoticon



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5/29/14 5:25 P

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thepkk130: Wow I can't believe that dr. your lucky you didn't lose that leg. Should've sued him for being so negligent with your health. My friend has those same symptoms but she didn't get the sleeve. No you shouldn't lose more than a pound a week I've heard and that's what my therapist and I agreed on so I wound up getting a scale. I can't believe how much I've let myself go but I guess that's the grieving process. Man I'm sorry about the dr you got ahold of doing that to you because I understand the pain I have problems when I exercise and then don't go for awhile for some reason my leg hurts worse kind of freaky huh? Makes me wonder if I done too much or not often enough who knows.

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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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5/29/14 4:46 P

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I love water areobics. But I live out of thre big city and there is only a public pool for summers. No classes. Plus it is hard to get around. I am going to have the Sleeve done. My GP doctor said she has one and she can only eat 2 cups of food a day or she gets sick. It bypasses the hunger hormone. It is not as fast as the others, But that is good. Lose weight fast doesn't help make it a lifestyle change. Medicare pays for the surgery. But it does not pay for skin removal. I guess it will be spanks for me to wear, once I get the weight loss. My knee surgery went ok the first time, but whedn he took the staples out, he left a gap open. I thought that was the way he wanted. It got infected and I kept going to him and he would blane my smoking on it. ( I quit since) Any way after 3 visits I noticed he never carried a chart, ( didn't havr computer records ) I was a diabetic, not a bad one but still. Anyway I asked if my diabetes was stopping it heal. He turned gray, then he got my chart. He took me back to surgery to clean the infection off. He must have done something wrong. I have chronic pain since then. It is always swollen.too. I wish he had this leg under him. He would walk funny, my leg is short next to his very tall legs. LOL



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5/29/14 4:41 P

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I have done those and you are right they are killer. I also do the ones with the resistance bands cause I have a set of those and they work well too. I lost weight doing those kind of workouts. When I had my knees looked out when I got out of the hospital I did those because I could only lift my legs so high they actually kept me limber and able to get around.

1Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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I too have problems with my back which make it near impossible to do any kind of regular exercies. I found seated workouts on Sparkpeople. They really get me sweating in a short amount of time and I feel like I am doing something good for myself. Maybe give it a try if you can't work out like others.

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5/29/14 11:20 A

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My trainer at the Y told me about using water instead of heading for food and it did work. What type of weight loss surgery were you thinking of doing? I was going for gastric bypass my doctor said it would be best for me but my husband lost his insurance so I didn't get it but a friend of mine got lapband and didnt take the needed dietary classes and keeps having problems with it so I suggest getting in with the dietary teacher.
I had my knee surgery where he just went in and filed bones ect not really and reconstruction surgery but my right knee is bothering me worse than the left and the left was worse than the right as far as scarring and what not makes no sense to me.

1Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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5/29/14 6:13 A

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It was very hard for me not to eat anything extra yesterday evening. That's usually the time when I go for the crackers - but I held out. I know I have lost a pound so far since Monday, so I am going to try not to snack at the wrong time.

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5/29/14 2:16 A

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One is able to avoid snacking throughout the day if there is more than one goal at the end of your journey. Health, and appearance will give you the discipline for several months in order to attain your goals. After you've reached your goal- you can give yourself permission to eat treats either on a weekend or even daily basis assuming it falls within your daily calorie count if not you really should make up for it the next day by adjusting however slightly your proper calorie count, so you do not slowly start putting the weight back on. Address it instantly, so it does not become a month long pursuit of losing unnecessary weight gain again.

I also hear that distracting yourself for ten minutes during a craving if you are not able, or don't want to snack before reaching your goal, the water helps in causing the feeling to pass. Drinking water may reveal to you that you were not really hungry, but thirsty instead, and the calorie free liquid accomplishes the purpose of filling your belly, and rehydrating you to a stronger state. A binge is so easy to accomplish, but the work in time and, or effort is many times that, and sincerely not worth it in the end.

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5/28/14 4:05 P

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I have chronic pain in my right knee. Dr. messed up on it. Nothing they can do. I can't put my weight on it. If you have surgery check that doctor out good. My left one is hurting but now I am scared of surgery. I am going to have weight loss surgery. I hope it can help me lose weight so my back and knee dorsn't hurt. Good luck!!



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5/28/14 3:40 P

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I too am disabled. Bad knees. Hurts to walk but force myself to do things otherwise I'd be way more uncomfortable than I am now with my weight. I don't go out much now that the days are so hot I need to get out at evening hours to walk that'd be a good time will have to try that. I have my grand-daughter a 4 yr. old who keeps me busy but need time for myself so I have an afternoon program for her and I intend on going back to the gym maybe ride a stationary bike emoticon or something like that. I'm working my way back up to the treadmill. emoticon

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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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5/28/14 3:28 P

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Years ago I lost weight, but gained it plus. When I lost weight. I would get and go for a walk right after a meal. (The dishes never ran away emoticon ) Gradually going further. While on those walks I could reflect on why I wanted a sweet. I made counting calories a game to see if I would not go over my calories for etch day. If I lost that week I would reward myself with some thing I wanted that was not food. I had friends to call when I felt weak.. You can take an apple and water on that walk. It was nice to take one of my boys with me. Good quality time.
I hope these hints will help you. I am disabled now and can only dream of taking a walk. Enjoy the things you can do. You never know if something happens to take that thing away.

I don't know how I got 2 of the same on here. Went to edit and there is no delete. So Sorry!!

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5/28/14 3:21 P

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Years ago I lost weight, but gained it plus. When I lost weight. I would get and go for a walk right after a meal. (The dishes never ran away emoticon ) Gradually going further. While on those walks I could reflect on why I wanted a sweet. I made counting calories a game to see if I would not go over my calories for etch day. If I lost that week I would reward myself with some thing I wanted that was not food. I had friends to call when I felt weak.. You can take an apple and water on that walk. It was nice to take one of my boys with me. Good quality time.
I hope these hints will heip you. I am disabled now and can only dream of taking a walk. Enjoy the things you can do. You never know if something happens to take that thing away.




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5/28/14 12:55 P

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I recently (in the last five years) have started equating food to happiness. If there's no plan to go out to lunch or make something delicious for dessert, I'm in a bad mood. Nothing helps, not even my wonderful husband trying to take my mind off things. I want to go back to my old self--someone relatively indifferent to food. I don't know how to make that change, but I'm pretty sure it can be considered a form of comfort eating. My biggest problem times are when I'm at work and in the car going to and from work. I always want to stop and get some sort of junk food. My husband doesn't always know that I do this. He thinks I've mostly stopped. But it's a compulsion I can't pinpoint the origin of.



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5/28/14 11:51 A

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I hear ya there just need to keep my daughter and son from bringing it into the house my will power is at nil. emoticon

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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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5/28/14 11:43 A

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I know when something is too sweet when my teeth hurt - so I cut it out. My main throw out is butter this week. I thought it would be healthier but I am no so sure - so when in doubt - THROW IT OUT LOL.

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Thanks for feedback. I do notice how tired I am after eating such sugary things I do like fruits and vegetables just need to get some and make ready before I go on a sugar binge. If I can find a fix I will certainly let all know how I did it.

1Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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5/28/14 10:58 A

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I don't beat myself up over having a donut or something junky here and there. I also know that it is not okay to gorge myself with these things as they deplete me. I find that eating more veggies and snacking on fruit (watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) are a great way to go. A nice honey crisp apple also hits the spot every now and then. Eating these things make me feel replete and I have way more energy which keeps me motivated to continue to make the right eating choices that work for me.

Just because I don't 'look' like a runner, doesn't mean that I am not one! Don't judge me...that is all:)


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5/28/14 10:49 A

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SHEELAC49,
I have exactly the same problem.
If you find the "magic" answer, please post it.
Lonnie emoticon

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Each day is a new beginning one day at a time
God grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot control
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I have noticed since my husbands recent death all I do is emotionally eat. I have been that way forever it seems mostly I think is because I don't rely on people to help me through. I started keeping a journal and it helps sometimes but last night I sat and watched extreme weight loss eating bakery iced cookies. I have gone up 30 lbs and I know its not all do to my husbands death but any excuse I can use. I really struggle with this and have lost the desire to go to the gym I have gone sporadically but not enough to do me any good or to get into a routine. I'm in counseling and have good weeks but then again fall into the same cycle, I really need some advice to get the spark back to want to get my routine back. I have no one to be accountable to but myself and that doesn't seem to be working. Any advice?

1Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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I'm with you-- I see only comments. I looked up (to ads, to links to Message Board), finally to the ceiling. LOL No article......

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This is a great idea. You have inspired me.
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When I click on this link, I don't see the story, just the responses????

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I recognize that I do this and I feel horrible afterwards. I notice that if I exercise in the morning, I feel less stressed throughout the day and I have more incentive not to mess up with eating. I think I just need to learn to pause for a few minutes, drinks some water, chew some ice, and just breathe and think things through. I also need to pray. I typically don't pause. I usually just stop thinking except to berate myself. Time to start pausing, praying, and cruching some ice.

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I am so with you. My husband wonders why I go to extremes, and I tell him, it's like an alcoholic falling off the wagon for me. Sure, I can cheat once, but then I cheat another time, and soon my "lifestyle change" is out the window. There was a candy store in the mall that sold sugar-free chocolate covered almonds that were so good. Just like the real thing, but they kept me honest because if I eat too many, my gut complains. I find that I need to assess whether I REALLY want whatever is tempting. If I really want it, I eat some, but I'm doing it consciously, not just hand to mouth activities. Then I pay attention to how I feel physically after I eat it. Usually, I feel icky so I try to remember that feeling the next time I'm tempted. It's not a fool proof system, but at least it slows me down.

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I am so there!!



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I totally agree. I made up my mind to be totally honest with myself and even though it hurt, it gave me the determination to make a fresh start.

Today is the beginning of the rest of my life.

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Lots of water and the guilt of having to TRACK EVERYTHING especially if it is unhealthy keeps me honest.

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I try to find healthy alternatives to my triggers...salty/pickles, sweet/fruit, crunchy/popcorn. To deal with the emotions; I do something healthy and beautiful and fun for me like painting, trying to accessorize outfits in different ways, journaling, sitting outside and being still. If I do eat emotionally, I try to pay attention to what is going on if I am overeating...is it relieving my emotions or does it just filly my stomach? And try to stop. If I fail, I love myself and speak love over my body, instead of criticism or poopy comments about myself. Food is tricky; we need it to live. We don't need to use it to alter our emotions. I'm learning to do this and love my body through the process.



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I have literally watched my hand snake out and grab the cookies, cake, etc. knowing what I was setting myself up for, which is The Binge. I really do make an honest attempt at keeping those items out of my house, sometimes for various reasons they are there. I will not deny there are times I will bring something home from a carry-in at work with the good intentions of giving it to my husband because I don't keep those things at home. Sometimes I will look at the work table and there will be a delicious sweet treat that I don't make and there is sits. Or I will order a dessert when out to eat, or I want to make choc chip cookies for my family. I can have Super-human will power and resist. Other times I am the opposite. I know that I'm the type of person who cannot have sweets (and sometimes crunchy crackers, chips) at all. I wish this craving was not part of my life. Just like I don't understand gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, etc. people that think its just a matter of choice. If that was the case, I would not be on this board.

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Journaling helps me to avoid emotional eating. With journaling I am expressing the anger, rage, or sadness on paper rather than with food. It helps me to sort out my emotions and after about 15-20 mins of journaling I'm really not hungry. Journaling is not something I consciously do in order to avoid emotional eating, like exercise, I use journaling as a stress reliever either immediately following an incident such as an argument or strife at work, or simply at the end of the day once I've settled. If I exercise in the morning and journal in the evening I notice my stress level is reduced tremendously, so things that would normally trigger me to eat are no longer triggers. A couple deep breaths also help to calm me down, along with mid-day walks away from the office.



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The key is to identify your emotions and what triggers the emotion. Most people will crave or binge when feeling stressed. Feeling tired, hungry, rushed, etc. can contribute to stress. Ask yourself what you are thinking about or what has been troubling you prior to the urge to indulge. Then ask yourself whether you can problem solve around the issue. Ask yourself whether the thoughts leading to your stressful feelings are distorted thinking and how you might think more positively about the matter. Keeping a record of your negative thoughts will lead to your recognizing trends and patterns in your thinking which will tell you something about yourself and your attitudes. Learning skills like assertion can help you set boundaries with people which will, in turn, empower you to set boundaries for yourself and keep them. Remember, if negative emotionality drives your overeating, the way to deal with it is to normalize your thinking. You may have guessed by now that I am a psychologist.

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There are two words in the phrase: emotional + eating. I take them apart and deal with the "emotional" alone. Like any emotional moment -- heavy-duty stress at work, an argument with a loved one, a bad report from the scale -- I found that a couple of minutes of quiet meditation does the trick. Meditation takes many forms - for me it's just getting quiet in a quiet place. It can be the ladies room, in the bedroom with the door closed, in the back yard with the birds, in the car at the park when it's raining. Just be mindful of that moment - not what happened five minutes or five hours ago, but THAT MOMENT. What to you see, hear, touch, taste, smell right now? Focus on that for at least five minutes. Works for me!



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Like most of you I am am emotional eater from way back. I have a difficult time not equating eating with either a good emotion or depraved feelings. Does anyone have any suggestions for winning the battle of emotional eating while at home or catching a tv show ?









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I've rarely had much success figuring out "what's eating me" when I want to eat for no apparent reason. Busy-ness continues to help, as well as getting outside my own head by checking in with a friend.



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I'm not an expert by any means but here is how I am approaching the same challenges. To start I urge you to stop assigning "blame" to yourself. Understand the problems better and what needs to be done. Pressure at work or unsupportive spouse? Work with your supervisor at work and have a "heart-to-heart" conversation with your spouse about your challenge. Then find out what types of snacks are more "healthy" and get rid of the rest. If you have a second refrigerator you can put your healthier snacks there. Snack when you need to do so but think about smaller portions. Weigh yourself every day and record your changes to find out if you are making progress. Not to minimize but don't forget the usual stuff about diet and exercise that still applies.

DON'T expect to achieve your goal quickly. Expectations that are unrealistic can be .... well, unrealistic.

P. S. Another thing to check is if you are getting enough sleep. Whatever the amount, I recommend you increase it by half an hour. It's possible that difficulties at work or at home can be positively affected by this.

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Emotional eating is tough! I suffer from it in varying degrees, sometimes it seems relatively harmless, but other times it can add a LOT of extra calories to the day and send me off into a spiral of guilt and self loathing emotions.

I deal with it by being aware of situations that trigger overeating for me: being bored while home alone, and going out for dinner and drinks with friends are two big ones for me. Since I know these situations are hard for me, I have a plan ready to implement BEFORE the craving to eat hits!

When I'm home, I'll do things like make myself tea, paint my nails, go for a walk or a hike, or clean the house. When going out with friends, I try to pre plan what I'm going to order. I'll let myself eat steak, but skip the bread and potatoes in favor of a yummy salad. One glass of wine is all I get!

Another important, but difficult thing to do is to identify the emotions that lead you to eat. For me that's loneliness, boredom, and stress. Finding ways to handle these emotions is much more effective than eating to mask them. A big thing for me is being more social outside of work, I need to reach out to people and do things like hike or go shopping to get that social contact. Cleaning and spending time outdoors are big for me to because they reduce stress and cause me to feel good about myself!

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I haven't quite got there yet, but I'm working on it. I like to grab a really cold can of V-8 juice. It's filling, quenches my thirst, provides 2 servings of veggies, and it only has 70 calories. I follow up with some really cold water. So far, so good. :-)

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I know all about emotional eating - I think I invented it - and its very hard to stop. BUT with determination and putting my brain and tummy in gear I am going to stop and drink water instead even if it does mean getting up twice during the night. This past week has been a nightmare for me and this was the decision I came to on Sunday so that I could begin my week with a fresh view on life.

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I so relate to this problem. Since I found out a favorite potato chip was gluten free I have been convincing myself it's a "healthy snack" because it is GF. But it's still a potato chip and just sitting at my desk eating them while I work is not good for me. I need to work at mindful eating instead of eating just to fill the void as I read back what I have written for the day, or while watching tv.



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I'm wondering if a rubber band on my wrist would help. You know, snap it if I'm in that eating mode of "I don't care". Or make myself do jumping jacks. Something that might help get me out of that "I want this food" mode.



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I've started to "STOP" before mindlessly eating something and ask myself why I'm going to consume the item of choice. Many times, not all, I have changed my choice/direction to something that is more in Line with my goals.

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I do this EXACT same thing! I am telling myself , "don't do this", "you are sabotaging yourself", but still keep reaching for the crackers and stuffing them in my mouth! I need to stop this too!!!



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I try to look at the situations that CAUSE me to want "comfort food," and find a way to resolve them. Doesn't always work, but I think that's the real problem. Usually it's a fight with hubby, stressful day at work, etc. Learning to let go of resentments is not easy, but I think it's a good thing in the long run. emoticon



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I am having a hard time with comfort eating. If I have a stressful day at work (and I always do fairly well at work, because I bring my food and rarely deviate from that), I get home and snack snack snack. It's not as bad as binge eating, but I'm definitely causing trouble with my eating plan.

Last night, I had done so well during the day, and then came home and ate stuff I shouldn't. AND I was telling myself to stop and didn't. I'm frustrating myself and it's my own fault!

Any suggestions as to how to stop my bratty inner child?



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I find that if I have my second snack from my meal plan at about 8:30 pm it helps me with the craving comfort food in the evening. Also, I choose a snack for late evening that has the highest potential for "comfort," such as no-sugar, low-fat vanilla ice cream with walnuts and 1 ounce of whole wheat pretzels. This is what is working for me. emoticon

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I try to keep healthy snacks near by. Sometimes eating healthy can be a little difficulty when your brain is telling you to go for the junk.

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Nuts with shells are a great idea-- keeps your hands busy too, except they are high in calories so if you can eat a small amount you are getting a great nutritional benefit-- my problem is I can't stop with nuts!!! LOL. I do have control with a sugar free pudding though and a little whipped cream which is delicious and only 15 calories so that is satisfying as an after dinner snack and I do love fresh berries with whipped cream later in the evening too!

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I have to keep myself busy because if I get too bored, I'll eat and eat. That's why I keep my room in constant disarray. I always have something to clean.

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No Fat, sugar free pudding is good for me

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Great Idea with the pistachios!!



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We have a bowl of pistachios, with shells on, on our kitchen counter. When I need a snack, they are very handy and require just enough effort that you can't eat too many.

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