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Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good

3 Ways to Get Back on Track

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  • This article was very timely for me. I have been having a very difficult time with emotional eating lately. Thank you. - 6/9/2010 8:52:52 AM
  • Thank youuu so much, I enjoyed every bit of this article. I struggle a lot with emotional eating, especially during the late evening hours and my Beat can be quite demanding and consistent. But thx to your article I have some tools to defeat it! - 6/8/2010 7:14:55 PM
  • I don't think of it as a "beast" because it's hard to empathize with a beast. I think of it as my inner three-year old who is unhappy, confused, doesn't know what she really wants, and is on the verge of a tantrum. The points about it having a short attention span and being distractable are spot on and very useful. Thank you! - 6/8/2010 6:24:41 PM
  • Thank you so much for writing this! That is EXACTLY what happens to me. When it happens there is no caring. If I only cared for an instant I could stop myself. Thank you! You may have just saved my entire journey with this article! I intend to save it and use it!!!!! - 6/8/2010 2:44:58 PM
  • ELLAPOR
    Wow! The idea of "the beast" being an independent persona is a powerful one! When mine comes visiting, a small part of my rational self tries to stave off the eating, usually unsuccessfully. You've given me the tools to control it, rather than beating myself up. Thanks! - 6/8/2010 12:43:02 PM
  • "...maybe you just get bored, or start feeling a little anxious because there is nothing going on to distract you from that vague sense of impending doom that always seems to be lurking just under the surface. Even that little bit of free-floating anxiety can be enough to wake the Beast up and set it on the prowl for something to eat."

    --Great, insightful article and this quote struck home with me so much. It captures exactly what happens with me sometimes and I couldn't have put it in such fitting words like this. It's actually comforting for me to know that this feeling happens to other people so much that you have described it here. From my own experience and talking with family and friends about this, I actually think this "free-floating anxiety" is much more common and a cause of emotional eating than some climactic, dramatic experience. - 6/8/2010 11:51:40 AM
  • "...maybe you just get bored, or start feeling a little anxious because there is nothing going on to distract you from that vague sense of impending doom that always seems to be lurking just under the surface. Even that little bit of free-floating anxiety can be enough to wake the Beast up and set it on the prowl for something to eat."

    --Great, insightful article and this quote struck home with me so much. It captures exactly what happens with me sometimes and I couldn't have put it in such fitting words like this. It's actually comforting for me to know that this feeling happens to other people so much that you have described it here. From my own experience and talking with family and friends about this, I actually think this "free-floating anxiety" is much more common and a cause of emotional eating than some climactic, dramatic experience. - 6/8/2010 11:50:08 AM
  • Dean, your articles and advice are amoung the best I have read, I so enjoy absorbing what you write. Keep up the good work. - 6/8/2010 11:29:06 AM
  • This was great! It really captured the essence of my emotional eating experience. Thanks for the tips! - 6/8/2010 9:47:21 AM
  • LULAMAMA
    I tried all those things last night and then took a xanax but still ended up eating at least four hamburger buns with about 1/2 a stick of butter and a jar of strawberry jam. Now I feel sick and of course depressed that I ate so much and blew my diet yet again. I am not sure I am a person who should be on a calorie restricted eating plan. - 6/8/2010 9:14:18 AM
  • I've found that the best way to send my beast screaming from the room is to brush my teeth - apparently the beast hates mint, and I find I'm less likely to want to put food in my mouth if I've just brushed.
    - 6/8/2010 9:12:27 AM
  • Thanks so much for the article. It was good to read again. My beast has been awake and hunting for a while now, and it was good to have some ammunition against it. - 6/8/2010 8:22:23 AM
  • AHIEMSTRA
    The Hungry Beast woke up the other day and demanded something - ANYTHING - which I thought was particularly inappropriate since at the time I was having a caramel latte as a treat for achieving a certain goal! I remembered this article and was eventually able to narrow the Beast's demand down to something specific: a chocolate croissant. Then I began to mentally compose this email message, and by the time I had a written it (in my head) and reviewed it multiple time, the demand was gone. I think the Beast was bored to death. Thanks for the article and the strategies. One less chocolate croissant to settle on my hips. - 5/23/2010 2:49:24 PM
  • An outstanding article, Dean, just all like of your previous pieces. You really give us a new way to think about things that makes great sense. I am going to hang on to this one. Thanks! - 5/6/2010 5:43:05 AM
  • JAY75REY
    The "emotion" that I feed is stress and fatigue. I'm feeling them both right now, due to job changes and exercise challenges. No exercise to distract or take care of the stress...so food takes its place. What I really need is more exercise and rest. Plus, I will get a respite from the job situation soon...so I have to hang in there.

    In just a few days of this feeling, the scale says 4 lbs gained! It's only temporary unless I neglect to put the Beast back in its place. - 5/5/2010 3:43:51 PM

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