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Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good

3 Ways to Get Back on Track

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  • This is the spot-on system I will use forever. When I first started on this lighten up path, I figured out most of the steps, but since I succeeded 3/4 of the way & started back sliding, I forgot them. You've given me fuel to again travel onward & liter. A million thanks. - 3/22/2015 3:42:34 PM
  • SEENA13
    Great Article - 3/1/2015 10:32:16 PM
  • I hope this article is going to stick with me - maybe thinking of my bouts with cravings as the "beast" - something to talk to and challenge - will be helpful. My problem is that of getting "a taste in my mouth for something", not really knowing what and eating some of everything trying to satisfy it. Thanks for a really good article. - 3/1/2015 12:30:41 PM
  • I hope this article is going to stick with me - maybe thinking of my bouts with cravings as the "beast" - something to talk to and challenge - will be helpful. My problem is that of getting "a taste in my mouth for something", not really knowing what and eating some of everything trying to satisfy it. Thanks for a really good article. - 3/1/2015 12:29:51 PM
  • I have an eating disorder, that is why I'm here. This article is just one of the many tools available on this site that are helping me to handle, and eventually overcome this disorder. It's been a slow process--I've been doing SP for 18 months, have lost 66 lbs, and now recognize the situations that precede this rearing of the beast's head, and am able to recognize them before he shows up. My binges have all but completely disappeared, although I've been in some very tough situations throughout this process. Thank you for posting these very helpful articles, Dean Anderson.
    8-) - 9/6/2014 6:00:26 PM
  • Some people may view themselves as emotional eaters when in actuality they may be suffering from an eating disorder and need professional help to overcome it. If your relationship to food is taking up a good part of your life, you may have an eating disorder and should seek professional help. - 9/5/2014 4:01:38 PM
  • Oh, my--this resonated with me! Glad you succeeded and went for it. I will do my best to remember this!! - 9/4/2014 7:04:10 PM
  • AVEINDHA
    This was an extremenly well written and insightful article. The best thing about it...is that it brings the beast out from under the bed (ie shame and embarrasement and a feeling of isolation) and into broad daylight where we can all see that..."hey! I'm not crazy. I'm not alone. There are people who fear this beast too!" You also know that others have overcome it...so guess what? you can too. - 6/18/2014 9:15:40 AM
  • My Beast must be smarter than the beast within others. It is not fooled by healthy snacks. It will devour the healthy stuff and then go right back to demanding the unhealthy thing it wanted in the begining. Stalling doesn't work either. The only thin that works is removing myself from the stressful situation that's causing the emotions. Since that stressful situation is currently my job, and I really don't want to be unemployed...my Beast will continue to be a problem. - 5/24/2014 12:09:45 PM
  • Getting to goal weight means requires that I learn to control the beast (the emotional eater). Maybe I haven't wanted to, which is the first hurdle I have to overcome. The second one is learning how to.

    Since the term "beast" was used, I have decided to use it to my benefit. I have a medium-sized lightweight sculpture of a midieveil dragon of my husband's that I have decided to put on my desk, which is also where the tv sits. It's going to help me counter the potato chip elves and the bad friggies, which I'm going to call my tempations. It's going to fight them for me, I've decided.

    I learned when drawing en plein aire (outside) that I have two entities, an angel and a demon, sitting on both shoulders. One aims to have fun and be joyous, the other aims to cut me down. I could choose to listen to either, but I chose to hush the demon and listen to the angel. It was a palpable struggle, but the desire to be outside and happy and to let my inner joy out was stronger than the demon telling me I was no good at what I was doing. I shut it up. My dragon is going to be my friend in this fight I call the active friggies. - 4/12/2014 6:09:00 AM
  • DMATTISON
    Great image, helps to put a "face" on the cravings, urges, whatever they are. Know I've been dealing with tons of stress at work so been doing more exercise but with early darkness I can't walk as much as I want. The "beast" knows this and so I will have to find other ways to keep him at bay. Nice article, thanks. - 10/13/2013 10:01:56 PM
  • The Beast -- wonderful image. I've got a lovely picture of a black dragon, and I've blogged before about taming emotional dragons. I'm going to print that picture and put it up in my cubicle and on my fridge. - 10/13/2013 6:47:27 PM
  • Now I will think of the "Beast" every time I get anxious and have something solid to deal with before I give in to gluttony. - 8/23/2013 1:15:40 PM
  • Loved the Tame the Beast article. Exactly how I feel. Will now read the whole series. I've never been able to put the feeling into such practical language before. - 8/23/2013 1:12:46 PM
  • FLOYDIE40
    A good book once told mr to go out and buy a pacifier and suck on it like the little baby you are being. It sounds harsh, but really, wouldn't the adult thing be to deal with the emotion and figure out why you're upset?

    It's one thing to overeat the day your mom dies, or on 9/11, but if you go to food every baseball game -- you're going to pack on some weight. Learn to comfort yourself with something other than food. Even a cup of green tea; that's a good way to calm down a friend. - 8/23/2013 9:49:53 AM

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