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Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good

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    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
    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 food takes its place. What I really need is more exercise and rest. Plus, I will get a respite from the job situation 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
  • MANDY462
    having recently realized that i AM an emotional eater ('it's not emotion, i just WANT it, it tastes good, etc.") and that i am trying to fill a void, this article winding up in my inbox is perfect timing. i'm thinking this will help me curb those late-night taunts, when the chocolate turtle kashi bar pops into my head and obliterates what little good sense is in my mind. thanks for the good advice! - 5/5/2010 1:01:04 PM
  • The universe somehow clicks back into place and it's 'game on' with these articles. Well done, Coach! - 5/5/2010 10:15:10 AM
    Great article! "Think of the Beast as a young child who just woke up from a nightmare." I know that this sentence is going to be a turning point for me. I had been looking in that direction for a while without finding what I was looking for, but this is it! - 5/4/2010 10:00:02 PM
  • Wow, I feel like you stepped inside my head and wrote that article just for me. Thank you for the wonderful information and helpful advice! I am going to print this out and read it again and again and again and again! - 5/4/2010 7:33:34 PM
  • My gosh....just when I needed this, here it is. Thank you Coach Dean and thank you Spark People! - 5/4/2010 5:59:15 PM
  • What a great article! Really helped clarify the issue of "the beast" and made it seem less powerful. Thanks! - 5/4/2010 4:35:11 PM
  • Coach Dean, I think you're in my head! It really is like a Beast. I had an emotional eating incident a bit ago where I got triggered, and even though I had to make it through class, get to my car, and drive to the store to get something (we don't keep stuff in the house), it was my whole focus. I couldn't think about anything else except getting to the store and getting my fix! It had almost been long enough for me to think better about it, but in the end I made a full conscious decision to let the Beast win.

    But really, getting on SparkPeople and seeing other people motivated to success gives me motivation and helps tame the Beast. I suppose that qualifies as distraction. But gosh, when the Beast gets loose... yowza! - 5/4/2010 4:07:41 PM
  • Coach Dean this article was "right on" for me! All good tips that I plan to use againt the dreaded Beast! - 5/4/2010 1:38:11 PM
  • This is a great article and some useful tips when stress is driving the emotional eating; i do wish that someone would come up with a way to tame that TOM hunger, cravings, and all the other mess that goes with it...anyone have any ideas/suggestions? - 5/4/2010 12:49:27 PM

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