I can't remember if I read about it in the book or the online program, or elsewhere.
I definitely have a tendency to eat when "celebrating"-- which can be any little thing! I think the childlike part inside me takes over and says-- it's no time to control myself- it's time to feast-- in a similar way that my family did on special occasions, vacations, etc-- in our family the usual limits kind of went out the window if we were celebrating.
I believe online or on the EE forum here we brainstormed ways to celebrate without eating. (If I'm alone I tend to celebrate with a little dance now.)
Carrilu, I think I remember happiness as one of the choices in the on line program. I'm not saying you should make that investment but if it is online it should be in the book somewhere, I think. I understand your predicament completely. I often equate celebrating happiness with eating. I think the way we sometimes feel food is a mood enhancer we are just making the event even more special by adding food. On the flip side, when we add the food we tend to punish ourselves later for doing so, taking away some of the happiness of the moment that maybe we don't feel we deserve. Does that make sense?
Perhaps if you journal on the 'why am I eating' when you eat during a happy occasion you can get an idea on what is bringing on the desire.
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Does anyone else here emotionally eat because they are happy or celebrating? I have done some of the excercises in the book and I have yet to come across this. I know we usually eat to avoid negative feelings or because of catastrophe prediction but I have a hard time with eating AFTER an argument with my husband or when I get good news. I overeat when we're all together and I'm happy. I want to binge on dessert while we laugh together or after a fabulous day together. The only thing I can think of is that I'm afraid it won't last and that's the fear I am trying to avoid. The problem is the binge happens before a happy moment and I don't want to interrupt that. Don't get me wrong I'm not usually Mary Sunshine but this is one scenario I can't find in the book. Any other Happy Bingers out there?
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