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De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less

Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts

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  • I must print this and put it in my office. Stressful work situations are often my triggers to "bad" eating days. Thanks so much for these tips. - 9/5/2012 8:54:16 PM
  • You are best!!!!!!!!.......Thank you million times for this article,I will use all those tools next time I find myself eating when I am stress out:)) - 8/15/2012 11:26:40 PM
  • Great article! Thank you. I am a huge emotional eater. I think I eat emotionally or "stress" related probably 75% of the time. - 8/3/2012 10:41:54 AM
  • DIANNEGLADING
    Wow your son was lucky, and thank God for you. Sometimes kids are pressured by their peers that they just want to prove that they aren't afraid of the consequences or just don't think of it. Glad to here your son is doing well. - 7/15/2012 2:56:32 PM
  • I just printed this article. Two days ago my 17 year old son got alcohol poisoning, ended up being taken by ambulance from the Calgary Stampede grounds and in the hospital - he came this close to dying. We knew he was out and we knew he would be drinking (legal age in Alberta is 18 and he will be 18 in a couple of months), but as the 4th kid of 5, we trusted him to be responsible. We have always told the kids that you can have fun without drinking and that it is stupid to get to a point where you have no control. Anyways, his heart stopped, he stopped breathing, he had to be intubated and he had to have a catheter. His sister picked him up at the hospital yesterday morning. What an emotional morning! He talked about how much pressure he was under and how we gave him every opportunity and he had screwed up so badly. It broke my heart to hear him talk about himself like that and how he felt he had let everyone down - we don't feel like that. Anyways, we will obviously have to take some time and talk to him about all the stress he is feeling and how he can better deal with it. Thanks for this article - maybe we can work on learning to destress together. Me, I was good all day - but last night definitely hit the emotional eating binge. On the plus side - turkey pepperoni, Greek yogurt, fruit.......but.......my poor baby. His negative self talk reminded me so much of where I was and how much I used to beat myself up over being fat, ugly, stupid, useless..... - 7/15/2012 1:09:10 PM
  • I found this article to be very true and helpful I will definitely think before I put food in my mouth, I am an emotional eater and have been for a long time, I realize now that it is just an excuse for sabotaging myself, (yes I got all of that out of that article) I am very glad I read this article.. - 6/6/2012 8:50:05 AM
  • KAYTEETOO
    This is very helpful, thank you. - 6/3/2012 9:41:12 AM
  • I found the following mantra on Pinterest, and it really spoke to my heart regarding emotional eating. I have it posted on my refrigerator at home and above my desk at work: DON'T GIVE UP WHAT YOU WANT MOST FOR WHAT YOU WANT NOW.
    It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it has helped me stay focused when I have wanted to give in to emotional eating.
    Good luck everyone! - 2/15/2012 4:27:21 PM
  • This article is just what I've needed. I currenlty live with someone who doesn't practice the same eating habits as me. I use to over eat with this person, but decided that my weight gain wouldn't go away until I cut back on my calorie intakes. When ever I feel an urge to emotionally eat. I take a moment to think of the consequences. I use to drink more coffee when I felt down, but now. I meditate, and not let the other person persuade me to eat too much. Taking deep breaths has also helped me. - 1/26/2012 7:09:28 PM
  • PEGFF99
    I find Dean Anderson's articles to be very helpful. Please continue to share what he writes. - 9/13/2011 6:11:04 PM
  • This is a wonderful article!! Thank you. It has given me a lot to think about. And that is good!!! LOL - 9/3/2011 6:16:17 PM
  • this is such a practicle and no-nonsense way of approaching this big issue for most of us. I have learned a lot from meditation, and I am starting gentle yoga for those with chronic pain. I use visualization to help "program" my body to go in that direction. Realize that we keep playing those old tapes and they can be our undoing. WONDERFUL article. Save it...Print it out, but keep it to read in times of stress. - 9/1/2011 8:01:02 PM
  • This is a great article! There are so many times that I can really use the 3-minute technique. Not just with eating but in life in general. I am going to save this article so I can have it to come back to whenever I feel really stressed out and overwhelmed! - 8/31/2011 8:30:55 PM
  • You just don't know how badly I needed to read this article today. I bookmarked it so that I can come back to it repeatedly and I will print it out also. This is the ONLY reason I continue to be obese today. I have trouble maintaining an emotional balance. This article is so supportive and tells it how it really is. I absolutely loved the part where it talks about people saying critical things. In my life and for my whole life family and friends have always been super critical of me and everything about me and it's taken me 46 years to get to a place where I can almost block them out. Your article pointed out to me that when it's even said mildly I react hyper critically of myself. I needed to make that connection today. I'm on my way down from 475 pounds I originally lost 82 pounds in a year and in 3 months have put on 42 pounds from emotional eating. Thank you Spark People please keep up the great work. - 8/31/2011 6:34:44 PM
  • Thank you! Keep reminding me. I need to hear this one over and over till it sinks in. - 8/31/2011 1:26:38 PM

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