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2/9/13 3:13 P

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During the day, I keep to my planned menus, but at night... oh oh. My weakness is salty snacks, which is doubly bad for me. Once I start, it's hard to stop until there is none left. If I've had a stressful day, food is not safe around me!

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1/12/13 5:56 P

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I would agree with much of what the other ladies have posted. If I am just indulging, I have more control and am enjoying the flavor of the food. When I am in emotional eating mode it is horrible. Especially when I have reached the point of overwhelming, my emotional eating will swing out of control to the point I am not even aware that I have grabbed something and am snacking on it. It's been difficult for me to come to terms with emotional eating as a problem I have. I think it came at a head and into my awareness when my hubby asked me what I was doing. We just had a wonderful dinner. I had mentioned being full and within 10 minutes was snacking on chips. So embarrassing as I dint eve realize I was eating til he said that. Those moments force you to take a look at oneself and as I looked back I didn't like what I saw which was me trying to stuff my emotions with food.

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CELEST's Photo CELEST Posts: 6,777
1/12/13 7:33 A

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I am also afflicted with night time eating. For me it is DEFINITELY emotional eating. I have tried to conquer but sadly not able to therefore I choose to keep handy a few calories so I can eat jelly and yogurt every night before bed. If I feel the need for something starchy, I keep spare calories for a slice of seed loaf with a smear of marmite. Works for me.

I will NOT run emotionally from compliments and hide in fat layers for protection.


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1/11/13 8:18 P

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's really hard to objectively look at your own habits and motivations for eating. Celest.... the "party for one" concept is SPOT ON insight to how I think at night time! Having on hand only foods that you have to cook is a great plan. I prowl the cupboards, looking for something good to eat. Thanks!

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1/11/13 5:02 P

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Eating and food are tied closely with our emotions. I think the biggest difference I notice is much the same as some others have already mentioned - when I am under stress, worried, angry, or whatever - I go straight for comfort foods. The ONE other emotion that tends to be HARDER to deal with and a BIGGER problem - maybe that emotion is deprivation/resentment or something attached to those. What happens then is I will eat ANYTHING, AS MUCH AS I CAN and I will eat things I don't even LIKE just trying NOT to eat something I am "NOT ALLOWED". With the first set of emotions, I can usually identify the reason quickly. I can control how much I eat and KNOW myself well enough to PLAN to eat something comforting and fit it into my calorie range. With the second set, I feel OVERWHELMED and cannot even identify WHY I am running crazy in the cupboards and fridge or fast food, candy store, or grocery store. Only afterward do I realize that I was grazing around trying to FILL A VOID in myself that is OFTEN (mostly in the past - because I no longer diet but make choices) caused by my own stupidity by FORBIDDING myself things that I LOVE. I still have occasional bouts of HUNGRIES where I eat more than normal but rarely is it this crazed stuffing to fill myself up.

Now, if I am just LOVING the taste of the food I am eating, I can eat smaller, reasonable portions and still be satisfied because I have eaten something I love. I will even PLAN to have a larger portion of something but it is PLANNED and not out of control.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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1/11/13 2:04 P

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When I binge eat I will eat anything. It doesn't even have to taste good. Just anything to stuff down the feelings!

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1/11/13 10:33 A

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I guess you could look back over your life and see if there were particular times that you ate more for an extended period. For instance, when a loved one was really ill, or when you were in a job that was stressing you out. Is food comforting you, rather than just feeding you? It's a very complicated scenario, but I think we all find the answer when we peel the layers back.



"This too shall pass."


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1/11/13 9:36 A

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Eating for any reason is usually emotional eating. Its either boredom, sadness, happiness, sadness, company....all are emotions. However, Dr Phil does talk about people who "have a party for one in their mouth" this group is "eat it cause its there". His recommendation for that group is DONT KEEP IT unless its got to be cooked. Its seldom you will cook for the party for one. Its usually impulse control or rather the lack of it. Also when you do cook, dont cook enough for another meal.

I will NOT run emotionally from compliments and hide in fat layers for protection.


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1/11/13 8:51 A

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when you stop and think why are you eating or over eating you can usually tell.. sometimes it is just cause you love the food.. sometimes its cause you are emotional

loving myself as i am beautiful inside and out!!! Think positive .. you can do it!!!..... i do care.��Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.� � Don't give up we all can do this!!
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1/11/13 7:21 A

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For me it's my state of mind.

I definitely know the difference between over indulging in a dish by taking a second helping as opposed to eating to stuff my feelings down inside of me instead of expressing them.

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1/11/13 6:38 A

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I think it is mindless eating. I have just come out of a week of it. And I truly could say that the food really does not taste so good that I have to have mountains of it! And I know that when I am really in the middle of a binge that it really does not matter what I am eating and I am not really tasting it. Food tastes best when eaten in small quantities and when a little hungry. That is where I want to get to. Actually enjoying what I eat. I do not enjoy bingeing!

Margaret

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You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you cant. Its 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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1/10/13 8:29 P

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I think that when it comes to a point that you eat mindlessly, perhaps not even tasting or enjoying your food, but still eating it.....that may be considered emotional eating...

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1/10/13 8:24 P

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How does one know if they simply over indulge and happen to be a food lover, or whether they are indeed an emotional eater? Is there a difference
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