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.
If you ever find yourself in front of the refrigerator, maybe for the 10th time in an hour, it becomes clear that you are eating out of boredom. So I started making myself do 10 pushups (can replace with situps, crunches, jumping jacks, anything really) whenever I found myself pointlessly rummaging through the fridge. It was either A) Don't go to the fridge or B) Do 10 pushups - both outcomes helped me to lose weight!
No, you did not "give up" junk food, you made a decision to eliminate unhealthy food from your diet. The difference is subtle, but important.
Managing my childSelf has been key to my success in all areas of life, especially sugar addiction.. This part of mySelf directs my emotions, thoughts & compulsions. Without a calm, assertive parent, she can run & rule the roost, while taking me into areas or behaviors that are harmful, or in the very least, non-productive. I parent her by catching triggers, especially in the thought category. Learning to spot these & then turn them around with imagery, has changed my life.
As an emotional eater, I am constantly sneaking in positive reminders to myself in various formats. I particularly like when my mobile phone calendar alarm sounds off at 6:00am with a daily motivational reminder like: “Act as if today is a great day!” or “Act as if I am strong, lean, healthy, and sexy”.
If you keep your peanut butter in the freezer it makes it really hard to stand at the kitchen counter and eat it with a spoon when you go into a peanut butter frenzy. You have to fight with it to get a serving... so you usually give up before over indulging.
Through the 12-Step program of OA, I learned that I had a disease, and that will-power and self-esteem did not help me stop eating compulsively. Through working this program and defining my own meal plan, I have lost weight, but more important regained my emotional and spiritual balance.
Put your left palm on the back of your right shoulder. Put your right palm on the back of your left shoulder. Now SQUEEZE really, really, really tight. Hold. Release when you 1) feel better, 2) stop crying, or 3) start smiling. Repeat as necessary.