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De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less

Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts

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  • LE3INMEMPHIS
    Excellent advice that I have actually used. Couple of others--
    1) When dealing with an emotional or angry person, listen for the content of what they are saying (remove the emotion) and respond to the content, your calm response not only prevents you from getting entangled it also makes it difficult for them to stay emotional.
    2) Deactivate triggers. Generally these are caused by something in our past that we don't recognize but our emotions do. In a "mind storm" (love that term) and/or physical response, notice them and acknowledge them. Think back to what happened that triggered them. Jot it down. If you are in a quiet place, jot down the mind storm too, but as you do, more will pop into your head. Sometimes the thoughts will be painful, follow them. Acknowledge all the reactions you have they are valuable. In the end, you may get down to the root of why your emotions were triggered which once you acknowledge it you can take steps to unplug the trigger. It sometimes takes the trigger getting pulled a few times while you are working to disable it to get it fully unplugged. Each time you will notice that your emotional reaction lasts for a shorter time and less intense. - 11/19/2014 8:03:11 AM
  • HOTMOR
    Useful tips. I actually don't resort to eating or binging when criticized or upset. - 9/20/2014 1:50:31 PM
  • These are great tips and will be useful as I battle stress. Thinking back, I often make things bigger than they need to be. - 8/31/2014 1:39:42 AM
  • These are all great tips. If your emotional eating results in eating a few hundred extra calories in a sitting or day, then these tips are very helpful. If you find yourself bingeing and eating several hundred to thousands of extra calories in a sitting or day on a regular basis, then it is probably time to seek professional help because you may be looking at an eating disorder which is extremely serious and life-threatening. We all overeat or binge on occasion but we may need more than these tips if it is a regular habit. - 8/27/2014 2:39:38 PM
  • I'm a closet emotional eater. No problem when others are around. I like this verse from the Bible as a guide, "Make no provision for the flesh." The only solution for me is never to bring my trigger foods in the house. When I violate this rule, it's a given I'm going to eat and eat and EAT until it's gone. - 8/24/2014 2:07:36 AM
  • HOTSPICE1
    You've actually hit the nail on the head. Emotional eating is one of the causes of obesity.When I'm upset and not up and doing, I turn to food.
    Thanks and great article. - 8/8/2014 5:27:57 PM
  • I could have used this information on Saturday. I don't know what started my emotional eating. Well maybe I do know. My DH is stressing over his eye appointment which I had to rearrange my work schedule because I have to drive him home due to drops in his eyes. I started out good by coloring my hair but then I saw tastykakes in the basket and I ate a pack. I haven't done that in a long time. Live and learn. They didn't even taste good. I was back on track yesterday. Thank goodness. - 7/21/2014 12:57:06 PM
  • This is just what I was looking for! I wish I could print it on the palm of my hand. - 5/31/2014 12:01:43 PM
  • DAWNESDREAM
    I have found that these stress relieving tips can help just about any issue that may be showing its ugly head. Personally, meditating, yoga and focused breathing has worked very well. Thanks for ”spelling it out" - 2/11/2014 12:08:23 AM
  • Wow, everything I needed to hear in just one article! Great job synthesizing all the info and advice, and boiling it all down into lists. I can get my mind around lists! Thank you for your perspective, and for taking the time to put this together. - 10/25/2013 8:18:52 AM
  • With all the stress and anxiety I've been under lately this will come in handy. Let's just see if I can physically do it lol - 9/24/2013 10:19:29 PM
  • This article helped me pin point exactly why all the sudden I had this undeniable urge to go get Panda express and just binge eat. Honestly I didn't even realize I was upset. This helped me so much. So thank you! - 9/17/2013 1:54:16 PM
  • If an article can make you realize your doing your bosses work then here it is.
    I stress out at the job so often its affecting who i am. I'll have to read this a few times till it sinks in. - 9/16/2013 11:45:05 AM
  • saving this
    - 9/14/2013 6:44:47 PM
  • Thank you. I had a situation that came up that I know would have caused emotional eating. I used some of the tips to help me not eat to make myself feel better. - 9/14/2013 1:06:09 PM

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