I often ask myself "What was I thinking when I ate that?" Well...I wasn't thinking! I didn't want to think, because then I'd have to be accountable! So...I find taking a deep breath resets my pace. When I get frenzied, I start eating. So breathing is my pause button. When I can control my pace, and not let others or circumstances get me in a rush, I can control my choices. Hurry, rushing and overall busyness make for poor choices and stressful lives. Be a human being, not a human doing!
I was having a rough day at work and beginning to fantasize about a binge. Instead, I began washing my hands. It was a wonderful time out for me, the water felt soothing and I felt as if I was literally washing away my urge to binge. I think it's all about, when you're in that emotional moment and thinking that you need food to soothe, you can still get that "time out" in so many other ways, like washing your hands. I quite literally "washed away" the desire to eat out of emotion.
If you want to eat something you love, get something about the size of a cup to put it in instead of eating out of the bag. Put in as much as you plan to eat, and put the rest away. That way, 'just one more' will feel unnatural!
Instead of bingeing or otherwise emotionally overeating, spend some time on the Spark People message boards and reading other members' blogs. It's much harder to stuff your face when you're reading about others' successes and challenges. It helps to put eating in to perspective and of course there are always articles/blogs/posts to remind us of reasons not to and alternatives to binge eating.
you are NOT addicted to food... you are addicted to the way food makes you feel or a memory associated with it.
When we overeat, it is rarely because we are hungry. Instead, we eat to fulfill some other need. Maybe you eat out of boredom or stress, or to comfort yourself... whatever the reason, you are not eating excessive amounts because "the" body needs it... you are over eating because your emotional self does.
We all have them--and when we succumb to our food cravings, we often overindulge. It is sometimes a stumbling block that leads us to binge eating, deflated motivation, and problem that can get us off track from reaching our goals.
Fitting a child lock to my frigde helped me controll my binge eating. As i had to stop and think about removing the lock to get into the fridge. This also works on cupbords were other family members keep their snacks as well.
I discovered this secret recently while setting up for strength training. I use 2 8-lb dumbbells and 2 5-lb dumbbells -- just about the amt of weight I've lost so far.
I have learned the hard way I am in fact well, human. As obvious as that might sound or be many times we as humans do not want to admit we are fallible. I don't care how hard you try to eat right and exercise there will be temptations.
Me not eating 5 hours before bed every night helped me to lose 40lbs in 4 months. When I started eating before bed I gained my weight back. It was hard for me to lose weight when I was eating 5 hours or less before going to sleep.
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.