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6/19/12 5:43 P

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MOMAROW - I agree with you. I would consider cheese and crackers healthy foods, but of course only in moderation!! I don't keep junk in the house. But when I binge, I just eat anything I can get my hands on. So even healthy food is bad when eaten in large portions. So short of having no food in the house, I think that we have to resort to other measures. I have started a 21 day binge free challenge which you may find useful. I am on day 3!! and now need to go to bed!!!

Margaret

Never give up, never quit, never surrender

You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you canít. Itís a matter of wanting it bad enough.

The bad news is: we are our own worst enemies. The good news is: we are our own greatest champions.


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6/19/12 10:07 A

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does no one have small children . Get the unhealthy food out of the house yes it seems like a good idea but my binge goods are cheese and crackers ( things i need to make lunches for my husband and kids) or I can binge on so called healthy foods like sour cherries for example for me it is totally the amount of food I am consuming it often doesn't matter what the food is I just want to feel full inside. I think loosing weight would be easier if I lived alone yes I could stock my house to my needs but I am a stay at home mom with three children 8 , 5 and 3 . I make breakfast and dinner every day to feed my family ( my husband by the way is a picky eater) so it is impossible for my to purge my house of my trigger foods.

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4/30/12 10:08 A

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OK, had a family gathering on Saturday. I did well, I did snack a bit but not nearly as much as I would have before. But when I decided to go ahead and eat dinner, I had a smidge of chocolate pie. It was TO DIE FOR. But guess what it did - my heart rate went through the roof, it made me feel really crappy, just like when I over eat. I didn't over eat, so I must not be able to eat the really sweet chocolatey stuff. There's no down side to that!! I'll remember how I felt after that, so I don't think I'll be giving in to that any time soon again.

As for emotional eating??? Been good so far!! We can do this gang!!!

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4/29/12 4:01 P

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"If hunger is not the problem then food is not the solution" INDYGIRL. Also I never keep junk food in the house anymore. So if I feel like a binge, I either have to get up and go to the shop or cook it. Most times I will not bother or can't because kids are asleep. Of course I still have the odd slip up!

Margaret

Never give up, never quit, never surrender

You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you canít. Itís a matter of wanting it bad enough.

The bad news is: we are our own worst enemies. The good news is: we are our own greatest champions.


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4/28/12 11:09 A

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Like others, for the most part, I try not to have 'junk' food in the house, but at the same time, keep things that taste great! Also, when I feel upset and want to eat, even though I'm not hungry, I think about how I'll feel after. There's another thing I read somewhere, it's called: HALT--hungry, angry, lonely, tired. When you're feeling like you'll start overeating, ask yourself if you're any of those things, and if so, give it a minute and re-evaluate.

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4/28/12 7:45 A

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Ther is no food that 'tastes 'as good as taking care of 'feels'....

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4/27/12 2:04 P

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I fo cus on "Snacks inside the box" (in my case a basket. Put my snacks together and stick to them.
Emotional distractions. When i feel a twinge of craving i fight it with distractions like a book ro a movie to not give in.
I also hang with Positive minded people. Who are supportive yet motivating



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So True Vicki! Keep the stuff outta sight!!

Thanks for sharing!
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4/27/12 12:50 P

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Flying - you are sooooo right. You must treat the root of the cause, not just the symptom. I've paid my dues down this road too. I just didn't realize just how much I didn't have in control when it came to my emotional eating.

Thanks for sharing!

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4/27/12 12:49 P

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Donna, great plan! I also give myself permission to eat a snack if I'm actually hungry. And I make sure it's a good choice.

As for the junk food - I have a family that always brings chips and dip, cookies, and sugary desserts to family gatherings. The family gatherings are ALWAYS at my house because I have the most room - and the rose garden. This is one of my biggest obstacles. But another tactic I've been working at is keeping fresh fruits in the house to grab instead of the chips.

Thanks for posting!
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4/27/12 12:41 P

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I try hard to keep trigger foods out of the house. And I'm finding the less sugar I have, the less emotional eating I do.

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4/27/12 10:57 A

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for me to finally be done with emotional eating, i had to go back to when it started. Mine started when I was 4 as a coping mechanism and comfort for emotional and mental abuse.
But I continued to do this into adulthood. I had to go back to my past, forgive myself first and foremost and then forgive my parents. As I moved forard in my life, I had to work through my whole past, let the anger, resentment and guilt go. Once I did this, food is less of an obsession for me, I see it as fuel not comfort. I also have to let myself feel my feelings but then let them go instead of holding onto them. I realized my emotions are not out of control and neither am I. I am entitled to feel my feelings no matter how irrational they may seem.
If I get stressed now, I exercise or clean.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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4/27/12 10:52 A

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I give myself permission to eat healthy snacks. I don't have junk food in my house so I can't binge on that. I have lots of cut up veggies, so I binge on those.

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4/27/12 10:38 A

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OK, I'll go first.

I find myself standing at the fridge as soon as I get home from work. In actuality I'm thinking about food for about the last hour I'm at work, and I CAN'T WAIT TO GET HOME TO SEE WHAT I CAN EAT. It's worse if I've had a bad day. I'm finally figuring out I'm usually not really hungry when I do this, I'm just stressed. I'm also stressed lately because I have a deadline with two pieces of art I'm trying to get done. As soon as I put a deadline on it, I start to worry that my art will not be good enough, I'll mess it up, thinking all sorts of self doubting stuff.

So here's my plan.

I just STOP.

Instead of mindlessly walking to the fridge or the cupboard, or whatever, I just STOP. Take a breath, and think for a minute.

AM I REALLY HUNGRY?

WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY?

WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED TODAY?

DOES YOUR BODY NEED FUEL?

DOES YOUR MIND NEED TO SLOW DOWN?

DOES YOUR SOUL NEED NURTURING?

If I'm really hungry, I'll get a small snack. If not, I go OUTSIDE. IMMEDIATELY. The idea here is to GET AWAY FROM THE KITCHEN.

Go find something that I absolutely love to do that does not involve food in any way. That usually means taking my camera outside to photograph roses or cactus blossoms or birds or horses or cats or.....you get the idea.

So far this is working. I've not binged after work in two weeks.

Take one day at a time.

Kate

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4/27/12 10:31 A

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OK, I for one know I have an issue with emotional eating. If I didn't, I wouldn't be here, right!!
This is not so much different than making a plan for exercising, etc. We need to make a plan for derailing those triggers that make us shove food into our mouths. This thread is for you to come here and put down on 'paper' so to speak, what it is that you do, then what you plan to do about it. If you spell it out, maybe you can take those baby steps to conquer it once and for all. Then come back here and post how you are doing. If you fall, get back up. Create the plan, then work the plan. If the plan doesn't work, modify it. But most importantly, put it in the forefront of your mind and start figuring out things you can do to deal with it. WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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