I am very much an emotional eater! If I am having a bad day, its pretty much a guarantee that I will go for chocolate (peanut mms used to be my downfall!) or chips and guacamole or something like that!
At work - I used to keep candy around and I have made it a point to stop doing that.... if I have to actually get up and go drive to get candy, chances are I won't go to all that trouble! I know that I still need to find more and better ways to cope when I want to eat away my emotions.... but taking baby steps in the right direction. Just being aware that - my tendency is to eat when things get bad, has helped me to rely less on food for soothing!
Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher
Pounds lost: 86.0
Fitness Minutes: (71) Posts: 78 2/16/13 9:17 A
I really like the idea of taking the focus off of food when planning or attending social events. I have put some of this into practice...for example, when it's my turn to host quartet rehearsals, although I put out snacks for us, I'm very careful to only put out things that fit into my food plan, and I make sure that I've eaten a healthy meal prior to that time, so I'm not hungry. Unlike the other gals, I don't have a dining room table to sit at per se at rehearsals, so I'm not having food right in front of me and easy to reach...I have to make a deliberate decision to get up, go into the kitchen, and get something, so I have plenty of time to think about it.
I've thought long and hard about this and I think that mostly, I am not an emotional eater. In fact, strong emotions erase my appetite. The two areas I can identify emotional eating in are boredom and settings with lots of great food available (think holiday buffet or party munchies). I have developed strategies for both of these settings. My strategies to deal with both of these situations is to suck on sugar-free candy, or chew sugar-free gum. I also try to find an activity that is incompatible with eating or focus on friends or family, rather than food, at a party.
Maizey of Sun Prairie
Pounds lost: 82.0
Fitness Minutes: (71) Posts: 78 2/13/13 10:29 P
I thought I'd open a topic regarding a subject dear to the hearts of many of us...emotional eating. Now, I have to admit, that I'm a major emotion gal...I've been known to cry at the least provocation...and I know for sure that I'm an emotional eater. I have an addictive personality, as do my siblings, but we all express it in different ways. I don't take drugs, but I DO tend to use food as a tranquilizer, and boy, is that a tough habit to overcome! My only hope, when I feel the need for that soothing, is to remove myself from easy access to food, or constrain myself to only foods that fit into my daily plan.
So tell me...are YOU an emotional eater? And if so, please share how you cope when that urge hits you.
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