I have Diabetes. I am a former clinical binge/emotional/overeater.
I know better today than to emotional eat. I want to live.
I had a wake up call early in 2008. I had been ginging on maple bars for days on end. I was emotional eating because i missed my family and friends back in California. Well one evening after 3 maple bars as i pet my cats on the top of the stair case i suffered my first and only Diabetic Blackout. I tumbled backwards down the hard wooden stairs to the cold concrete basement floor. I woke up in ER with a blood sugar reading of almost 600. It was in the hospital where I learned of Spark People.
Spark people has helped me tremendously ever since.
I won't go there again. I know how to stop before an event approaches.
I ahd back injuries but not bad enough. I was very bruised and jsut banged up but i survived.
Oh and if you are pre diabetic take that diagnosis serious and exercise and learn on good nutrition.
When I over-eat it tends to be in the evening and it tends to be because I'm bored. I try to drinks lots of water and eat three meals a day. When I feel hungry after dinner, I try to distract myself, or I just go to bed.
Hi everyone, I just want to share the link for the SparkPeople Cafe Forum where the thread for "How do you stop emotional eating?" is at: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messa geboard.asp?imparent=31420105&imboard=1
Thanks again to everyone that has shared helpful ideas about how to handle emotional eating. SparkPeople is the very best place to create lifestyle changes that lead to healthier habits.
Together we can conquer the issues that lead to our emotional eating. You can do it! I can do it! We can do it!
Great idea! I wish I could but need to care for Mom and be available 24/7. I often say a little prayer that we will be alright. I am throwing all the fattening food away but that does not mean I do not want it. Linda from bean town
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If I realize that I am about to go on an emotional eating binge, I immediately take off all of my clothes and start running a bath. I will stay in there as long as I need to- sometimes the water starts to be cold. I will set up my laptop and put in a dvd or grab my current book and do my best to distract myself and if nothing else, I am all wet in the tub and can't get to the food!
I found that tracking my food helped. Once I saw how hard it was to lose a pound, it was easier to say "no" to mindless eating. It does not help with stress but it does give you pause before you eat something.
Okay, you ask several questions. One is, what activities help fight or conquer the emotional eating? Exercise really helps. Making small changes and committing to a couple of small things that you can change can really help. Accepting that you DO NOT have to do everything ALL the time or be perfect also helps. Accepting that you CAN have ALL of your favorite treats but must learn to PLAN for them, re-create some of them, and swap some of them for healthier versions of them.
Emotional eating is NOT one single problem, but a whole slew of problems for many of us. The trick is to PLAN for ways to make it EASIER to make healthy choices than to make mindless or emotional ones. Packing snack and treats in SINGLE portion packages helps avoid eating too much at a single sitting. Having healthy foods where you see them and tempt yourself to choose them can also help - a bowl of fresh fruit sitting on the table or counter top, INSTEAD of a BIG BAG OF CHIPS. Swapping tortilla chips and/or pretzels for potato chips, choosing a single serving container of ice cream instead of a 5 quart pail, etc. can make a HUGE difference without taking away your TREATS. I keep healthy snacks in my purse, car, gym bag, desk at school, etc. I also keep a variety of DIFFERENT types of snacks - some are sweet, some salty, some crunchy, some smooth, mini candy bars, boxes of raisins, bags of pretzels, nuts, etc. ALL are better choices than some of the emotional things I would have eaten in the past.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
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Hi. I joined the team a while ago but just was not ready to do anything yet. However, I am definitely committed to tackling my emotional eating. Check out the Message Board Hot Topic on the main Sparkpage feed that shows up on the right side of the page. I posted the simple question of: How do you stop emotional eating? I was surprise that my posting has showed up here and grateful that they posted it here as several members have shared some great information about what they are doing and what works for them.
Please go to the Message Board Hot Topics and share how you stop emotional eating. Thanks!
Here is what I posted in case you are interested but are unable to find my post on the Message Board:
How do you stop emotional eating?
My biggest challenge is emotional eating. I tend to eat too much when I am sad, upset, angry or scared. Emotional eating is hard to get control of especially since I tend to do it without even realizing I am eating out of an emotional need rather then because I am actually hungry.
Even when I am just eating a regular meal, I tend to eat larger portion sizes as it gives me something to do other then confront or deal with the emotional turmoil in my life.
I am constantly struggling with emotional eating. I often turn to food in order to create a sense of comfort, love and understanding. These are definitely not the "right" reasons to eat and often involve eating things that are full of fat and sugar. Anything with chocolate leads to my complete undoing!
All this emotional eating takes its toll as it also leaves me feeling tired, too full to feel like exercising, causes stomach-aches and headaches as well as keeps me hovering around 180 pounds year after year!
What do you do to avoid emotional eating? What activities to you participate in to avoid emotional eating?
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