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8/15/12 11:30 A

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It's hard to change EE habits. I am no exception! I had a bad day just this past week. But one of the most important things I have found out is that the more healthy food you eat, the more you begin to crave healthy food and not the old stuff that used to comfort you.

I find now that when I am in a hurry, with little time - rather than wanting to grab a burger and fries. I am looking for a wrapped salad and some bottled water - totally true! Hang in there - it gets easier.

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8/15/12 12:00 A

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Wow, thank you so much for the perspective. I really appreciate it! emoticon

Earlier I actually ended up just letting some of the emotions come and I cried about it, then I got cleaned up and had a grapefruit. Talking to all of you has really helped a ton, thank you so much! emoticon

Edited by: SARAJANE_82 at: 8/15/2012 (00:01)
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8/14/12 11:37 P

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OOLALA53 has some good info...

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8/14/12 7:46 P

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Sara, the good news is that it does get easier. The bad news is that it doesn't usually just get good and stay that way in a few days, weeks, or even months. It gets easier, then it gets hard again, then easier, etc. But it is not torture all the time. The easy times will stretch out longer and the hard times will get shorter. Yet, you really have to get used to the idea of the long haul. As I said, it's not torture every minute, but it really takes about 5 years before it feels very solid. It's okay. The time is going to pass anyway and you are going to feel great a LOT more of the time. When you feel down, it can be hard to remember the good times. But you'll get better at savoring the good times and remembering them at tough moments, too.

The other bad news is that a banana will never be the same kind of comfort a quart of ice cream is. The good news is you'll care less and less. NO food should be that. And a banana will become scrumptious and miraculously good. I'm serious! I had banana and grapes with Greek yogurt yesterday morning. I took my time and really savored them and I'm telling you, they were so delicious! Who looks forward to a banana? I do! I'm 31 months into it and I just love the food I eat. Loving food doesn't have to mean overeating it. Ask the French and the Italians. They LOVE food. They don't like overeating and being too full. And they are the slimmest cultures in Europe.

Now about emotions. I'm going to say something radical. You aren't always going to be able to feel better when you want to. You won't always be able to make it all better with a bath or dancing around your living room. Sometimes, you're probably going to feel rotten. But put it in perspective. Is it as terrible as a migraine? Would you trade it for a toothache? Couldn't you tolerate a tooth ache for a few hours if you had to? You can tolerate your cruddy feelings for a few hours and you can wait to eat your next meal for a few hours. That's all you have to do each day and just for that day. And you will also get better at diversions that do actually make you feel better, too. It won't be all over in a few weeks.But I CAN tell you that as long as you're not starving yourself or trying to swear off any food forever, IT IS WORTH IT. emoticon

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8/14/12 4:59 P

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I know how it's like. I try to distract myself when I have cravings like that, which is sometimes hard to do, but making healthy choices is always the best option!

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8/14/12 2:45 P

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Oh Lordy, a bath, that sounds great! I might just try that right now!

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8/14/12 2:44 P

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Thank you so much. Right now I am having a huge craving for soda. I have made myself tea but it isn't satisfying me. I wish we didn't have soda in the house but my man likes to have cold cans cuz he drinks one every day on the way to work. i would just have him pick one up at the gas station but that was getting so expensive and we are trying to save money too. Two edged sword there. I don't hold much hope that my night shift working man will ever give up his caffeine kick before his 12 hour shift. So, I just have to deal with it, I mean there will always be temptations there anyway right?

Did my workout already, I feel sluggish now and like I NEED something. Does it get easier over time? Please tell me it does, I hope. Thanks for listening. I know I am not being the most postive person at the moment and I don't want to drag anyone down.

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8/14/12 2:43 P

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emoticon You have already made a great commitment. You are on the right track. Before you reach for that comfort food, count to ten. Are you really hungry or are you eating to soothe some emotional need? If it is to soothe an emotional need think of something else to do, Debbie made so good suggestions. You may want to pick up a book, take a long bath, or do something else you enjoy doing. Emotional eating can't be completely conquered, but there are healthy ways to deal with it. Good luck!

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Sarajane, emotional eating is a horrible monster that is hard to get rid of once it's gotten a hold of us. Like you eating a banana or salad when the beast is screaming for chocolate and ice cream just doesn't work. So I've taken a different approach to overcoming my emotional eating and this is replacing it with exercise. A couple of things have happened since I've started doing this, first I get the same "happy" release I get from eating those comfort foods. When we exercise there is a release of endorphins which helps make us feel happy. Add that to the fact that I'm doing something good for my body there is no beating myself up afterwards and feeling bad for giving into the monster. The exercise doesn't have to be extreme, often I go for a walk, which also gives me time to think about whatever has me wanting to eat and time to figure out a way of resolving the situation. I also love to dance, so I'll put on some music and dance around singing out loud; I'm sure my family thinks I'm crazy but I love it and it always changes my mood. I am so happy that I have found a way of working around my emotional eating; I'm an emotional person and tend to feel things very deeply, I don't see that changing so it really is great to have a new method of dealing with those emotions. I hope that this may give you an idea of how to go about beating back your emotional eating monster. If you ever have need of talking to somebody or just need a supportive shoulder I am here for you.
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8/14/12 2:20 P

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We are all like you... believe it or not. Plese be strong and hang in there.
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8/14/12 2:13 P

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I admittedly was a tad grouchy the past two days. I know that trying not to comfort with food at all is affecting me a great deal. I know I have overcome a lot, I used to eat all, day, long. Tons of junk. I haven't done that in years, it was enough to stop me from gaining but not enough to get me losing any weight.

I thought that was such a huge triumph but I didn't realize that even though I am eating way less I still depend on food emotionally. Even though I realized with the food tracker I wasn't eating enough calories that my food choices were sometimes bad and not enough nutrition was hurting me. So, adding more healthy foods was a must and really planning my diet has been more about adding in then taking away at this point.

Emotionally? It is really hard to get excited about eating a banana you know? When I feel sad or having a hard day there is nothing there....

I am trying to find ways to fill that void left from the lack of comfort foods in my life. Sometimes I have broken and had some chocolate or soda. Not an excessive amount but I really want to stop eating refined sugars except for holidays. I don't feel like my body needs sugar, I know it hurts my body and I want to stop, just STOP.

But man, I feel so odd without it! What do you do when you want to eat but can't or simply don't want to? How do you make yourself feel better without food? I need some more ideas. Thank you in advance.

I sometimes wish I had someone I know who was like me, who ate emotionally and I could talk to them about it but I don't so I am really grateful to find this group! It is refreshing to see I am not alone. My husband knows it is hard for me but doesn't truly understand the eating thing, he is super supportive but thinks it should be easy to just stop eating certain things. He has never depended on food like that. He is a smoker though and I try to tell him it is kinda like that only I have to find healthier ways to eat.

Edited by: SARAJANE_82 at: 8/14/2012 (14:15)
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