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The Truth About Overeating...

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you are NOT addicted to food... you are addicted to the way food makes you feel or a memory associated with it.

Often times we eat because we are bored (something to do), to procrastinate (after I eat this), to celebrate (Let them eat cake!), when we are stressed (chocolate), when we are PMSing (really another type of stress), etc.

We eat because we remember... for instance, most people have happy memories associated with cake (birthdays) and chocolate (boxes of candy)...

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Sometimes eating can be self-hating too... to go against someone who criticized (like the mother that berates her overweight daughter or the husband who has stopped touching his wife).

You just have to figure out why and work from there. Like any addiction, there is a cause. Addiction is a symptom.
- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/16/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comments
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MINKABONET 6/16/2011 3:18:00 PM

    Right! And because food is a drug for those of us who over-eat, the solution is psychological, not about counting calories/dieting (which further takes us away from our natural hunger and satiation cues). The solution is re-learning how much food our bodies want and stopping when we're full. ... Then comes the hard part:

Feeling full but resisting the urge to keep eating for emotional reasons, or reasons of physical discomfort. That takes introspection and practice. It takes detective work and awareness of what non-food related need isn't being met and other ways to meet the need, other than numbing out on extra food the body doesn't want.

"Intuitive eating" is the name of the practice (in case you or someone else doesn't know). There are books out there on it. It works.

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