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My Stress Buster

No more emotional eating! When I am stressed I have learned to rely on my journal. By writing the start of my stress out I am able to problem solve the issue instead of eating.

- Submitted by LLEARYEITNIEAR 2/1/2014 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Having an Accountability Partner Who Understands

Finding a friend who has similar goals and has gone through the same journey that you have. My best friend Tracey is my accountability partner. We text and email anytime we need that extra support to keep going. We are about the same height and have both battled our weight for most of our lives. We face similar challenges and see each other through. This is especially helpful to battle emotional eating and food addiction.

- Submitted by XTINARUSNAK 11/9/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Chewing a gum

When I feel like eating something, although I am not hungry, I chew a sugar free gum. That keeps my mouth fresh and busy and helps me stay within my calorie range!
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- Submitted by GKOSTOVA04 10/9/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Let it out!

Instead of eating to try to ease the heartache why not just let it out? Scream, cry, and wallow for an hour and then pick yourself up, dry those eyes, blow that nose, and go get them tiger! emoticon

- Submitted by ACTIONHEROFOX 9/29/2012 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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Fruit all over the place while I am watching TV

When I sit down to watch evening TV, because I cannot give it up, I keep fruit on a plate and eat the fruit instead of chips or anything else. If I don't eat them, it's okay. If I do, it's still okay because I have already added them to my tracker. So there are no chips or snacks to reach for that are not healthy. Some people don't like to eat so much before bedtime, but I start munching around 8 pm and quit by 10 pm. I am usually asleep by 1 am, but never on an empty stomach.

- Submitted by ANGRITTER 8/16/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Food is food! And nothing more.

Before i started my healthy lifestyle, i used to treat food as either a friend or an enemy. Its when i learned to approach food as what it really is - nutrition, that i managed to incorporate my new eatinghabits!

- Submitted by BLABLA71 6/11/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Playing a Musical Instrument to Manage Mindless Eating

I play the classical guitar, and here is what it does for me.

It motivates me because I was not able to hold it properly when I was 200+ pounds. It gets me out of the kitchen/pantry and into the music room. It keeps my hands busy (both are required to play). And, I would not think of snacking when I am holding the guitar, can you imagine cheetos crumbs falling into the soundhole? Finally, the music gives me a deep emotional fulfillment so that I do not have to fill myself up with food. emoticon

- Submitted by GUITARWOMAN 8/30/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Water is my "cure" for emotional eating

I have 2 bad habits, eating when I am angry or bummed out and not getting enough water in. I decided to fix them by flipping the switch. When I want to run to junk food or just stuff my face because I am upset about something I fill a big (24 oz.) water bottle with water and lemon juice and a little stevia. Then I guzzle the whole thing. I am now too full to eat and my head is in a better place. It really seems to help, who knew?

- Submitted by SWAGGERDESIGN 5/24/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Water next to the fridge prevents snacking out of boredom

I keep a big bottle of water next to my refrigerator. Every time I wander into the kitchen out of boredom I take a swig. I still get something in my mouth and it fills me up without any calories. As soon as it's empty I refill it or I will go right back to snacking.

- Submitted by JENOPIE 5/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Exercise is better then Ben and Jerry's

When you are feeling down in the dumps, go for a walk or pop in an exercise video rather than grabbing a pint of Ben and Jerry's. Not only are you staying active, but you won't feel guilty for eating the calories.

- Submitted by BENNY2284 4/2/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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are you hungry reminder

I'm keeping my exercise band on the refrigerator door to remind myself to ask "are you hungry or is it something else"
Then I go get some water and wait a few minutes. If I'm not hungry but still tempted, I use the exercise band. That helps me to feel better without eating when I'm not hungry

- Submitted by JEANUT 3/20/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Snack Buster

When I find myself reaching for an unplanned snack, I sneak in 10 minutes of cardio (even if it's just a brisk walk up & down my hallway). By the end of it, I usually don't want the snack, and I've boosted my calorie burn for the day.

- Submitted by WRITERGIRLMEL 2/22/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the solution.

I don't put anything in my mouth without asking myself why I'm eating it. To see what it tastes like? Okay, just one. To refuel myself? Dig in. Because I feel like it? NOPE! when I simply "feel" like eating something, it usually means I'm "feeling" some other emotions, stress, fatigue, guilt and I'm just eating to not deal with them. Before I eat anything, I figure out what I'm really "feeling" first.

- Submitted by MRSPOTATOHEAD83 1/18/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Just Do It and the craving will stop

Procrastination makes me reach for a snack to calm "that nagging feeling". I discovered that if I define what it is I am putting off, make a list of what I need to do, pick 1 to 3 tasks and complete them, the desire for food and snacks disappears completely. It is amazing.

- Submitted by LDASIS 12/20/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Managing trigger foods!

It happens-something tempts you! It can be anything and it can be something you bought or something someone else bought--it can be in your cupboard or frig or at work or anything/ any place. If you promise yourself that you will wait ten minutes before you eat it, you will give yourself time to think about it. Are you REALLY hungry? Do you really want that food or can you make a better choice? Will a glass of water serve you better? Chances are that you won't eat it ten minutes later! emoticon

- Submitted by ENUFF81020 11/18/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Screw Stress

I HATE stress...I hate what it does to my body and how it controls what I eat and when.

I have been starving all day because I am stressed! I cannot get enough of anything I eat...at all today!

So I am throwing gum in my mouth and saying screw stress!

- Submitted by ERICA_NICOLE83 9/16/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Snacking at night? I keep it to veggies....

I am often wanting to eat at the end of the day, even after a dinner. Now, to maintain, instead of my past snacking I limit myself to vegetables, as many as I can eat. They are low calorie and filling with all the fiber. If I still want a snack after that, I make it a taste, not a binge.

- Submitted by MICHELLEBELOVED 7/7/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 5 Comments
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Trouble Fighting Off Evening Cravings? You Don't Have To!

I used to gorge at night on snacks, causing no weight loss or even weight gains! Because at night, I would feel "empty" without eating before bed. I've just accepted the fact that I am not comfortable going to bed on an empty stomach and I don't have to! I *can wait until later in the evening to eat dinner

- Submitted by NEWDAYY 7/3/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Smart Snacking

While sitting at a desk I eat aimlessly because I get comfort from chewing. To avoid eating everything in sight, I keep two packs of Extra and Orbitz gum on hand so that I do not visit the vending machine. This has helped to lose weight while satisfying that sweet tooth or chewing need. emoticon

- Submitted by IMNOWINCHARGE 7/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Replace Sweets

As an emotional eater, I realized that my go-to food was any kind of sweet. I found that I could fulfill that urge with a "healthy sweet" like a few frozen grapes or some orange slices to satisfy my craving at the same time as analyzing why I was emotional. Less calories, more emotional awareness!

- Submitted by KELMOM23 5/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Understand food industry tricks & food addiction

Research shows that some food manufacturers combine fat, sugar and salt to stimulate ‘reward centres’ in the brain, causing addiction just as tobacco does. We then crave these foods and can't stop eating them even when we're full. Sound familiar?

Google “bliss point food” for more information.

- Submitted by WALKINGANNIE 5/28/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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How I Cope With Disappointment

Disappointment comes when I put my expectations in people I love. People I trust like family, friends, or my pastor! emoticon If I keep my expectations on what I KNOW is right instead of whom I know, I can avoid this pitfall. choice: Emotional eating/writing? I choose to write.

- Submitted by HEAVENSGAL 5/20/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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"Difficult" holidays

Some holidays are emotionally charged for some people, through lack of social support, negative memories, etc. I give myself permission to "re-translate" them! On Mothers' Day, I honour beloved teachers and professors who shaped and nurtured the person I have become. Food doesn't have to = love!

- Submitted by TURQUOISELOTUS 5/15/2010 in Everything Else | 3 Comments
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Not enough chocolate in the world

There will never be enough chocolate or doritos or pizza or whatever your comfort food of choice is to fix what is hurting you. Once you realize that food is never the answer to your problems, you are one step closer to achieving your weight loss goal.

- Submitted by JENIFROUFROU 4/17/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 6 Comments
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Shop to be slim

What you eat at home depends on what you buy at the grocery store. Buy a rainbow of fruit & veg. Add adventure by trying something new and healthy. Only buy treats that you can afford from your calorie budget. If you're tempted, only buy small portions of 'risky' foods so that you limit the dangers.

- Submitted by WALKINGANNIE 4/17/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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