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10/1/12 10:21 P

Good for you Angelas22_ they say you have to want it and You have to have it on your mind all the time, I learned that from psychology class..If and when you stop thinking about it--You will STOP doing it !!!

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10/1/12 4:54 P

Loved your post! It was very inspiring!! I'm sick of being sad and frustrated too. I'm also sick of being fat, slow, feeling bloated and tired, hating the way I look and avoiding pictures and mirrors. I never thought I'd weigh over 150, then I went over 200 and now I'm at 229. I know that if I continue, I'll be up to 300 pounds in no time so it has to stop. Today I started and that's a good thing.

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10/1/12 4:51 P

That is so courageous! I did that once when I went to Whole Foods. I strolled through the aisles looking at all the food I wanted to buy then somehow strolled right out without buying anything. I felt so victorious! I am a binge eater and have been binging for at least a decade. I am going to solve it by not eating at night in front of the TV and by simply not buying binge food. I now take only cash to the grocery store so I won't buy unnecessary food and it seems to work. It's going to be a long struggle but I've read that it takes 6 weeks to break a habit and I figure I can do anything for six weeks.

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10/1/12 11:29 A

I'm definitely still a work in process when it comes to this topic. But here lately I've been doing more work (I work from a home office.) I usually get so submerged in my work that I forget all about my need to binge.

Working out has also been an outlet. I need to do that more often though. I have also found that stopping and thinking about happy/good thoughts help. I remind myself how awesome I am, and that life is so short. I try to put things into perspective and remind myself that stressing won't help the situation.

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10/1/12 4:59 A

Great answer, this is my problem exactly and I'll try it:

I was just reading something on sp again, and one of the things that will trigger our emotions is hopelessness. The answer is to replace food with a comfort exercise, an exercise that you like...So when your emotions hit go do exercise instead of eating..

- Message Posted by: CHICKYWANNA - 9/30/2012

Edited by: KAMILLAVIRAG1 at: 10/1/2012 (05:00)
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10/1/12 4:58 A

I give in... I am a stress eater (the stress that is brought on when the kids are ill and we are stuck at home) and I've tried replacing choc/cookies with healthy options but I just ate the healthy options, ate everything else and wanted sugary stufff even more. If I don't have ready stuff in the pantry, I start baking and eat the cookie dough... So I just give in now, satisfy the need immediately (4sq of choc, 2 cookies or something like that), and ride it out. This way I eat less. Not the perfect solution but the best I can do at the moment. I try to make up for it next day.

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 11,752
10/1/12 12:46 A

still dealing with identifying what emotional eating is for me. using mindful meditation to examine my feelings and thoughts. i'm a work in progress.

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10/1/12 12:04 A

I just got one of my feeling (yea ), I was washing my face tonight and then I was thinking about something and then low and behold a feeling of I'm not good enough -Then stress- then I wanted to eat..Now I have to figure how to take care of the feeling of I'm not good enough !

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9/30/12 6:21 P

i head for the jar of nutella. As you can imagine, that's pretty disastrous! Now I keep no chocolate in my house. If I feel emotional, I would have to go out and buy it. This deters me from eating.

TONLIZ05 Posts: 521
9/30/12 5:46 P

I also have a very hard time with emotional eating, I also find myself eating at night alot when i'm alone and the kids are sleeping, I've tried brushing my teeth and that usually works and I've also noticed as long as i'm not hungry I usually won't turn to bad stuff..

BENTONJ Posts: 39
9/30/12 3:33 P

When I'm wanting to munch, I reach for the low fat popcorn. All the flavor and crunch I need without the guilt!

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9/30/12 12:16 P

I plan for the Stress "Sabotager" by keeping a snack I like handy. I also verbally recognize when I am feeling the stress. I am still working on emotional eating. It helps me to keep up with regular exercise and to think a lot about why I am making healthy choices instead of giving into the emotion that makes me want to give in and give up and eat eat eat! emoticon

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9/30/12 12:06 P

I go for salty carbs, so I stopped keeping them in the house. It is hard, especially when I really want to crunch some chips. I am trying to drink water or chew gum to stop the emotional eating.

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9/30/12 11:46 A

I make sure I have no sugary foods in my home but plenty of fruits that I love and I turn to them.

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
9/30/12 9:33 A

I am a stress eater, the more stress the more I want to eat. It should be noted that the stress can be good or bad stress. I have been really good for over a year, but recently the stress is really up there and the last two weeks I have dived into my old habits. I am going to start journalling again because that really helps me to hold the stress down and I am going to make sure that there is a lot of fruit in the house. Also I will make sure to start logging all my food to the maximum degree possible. I think all of that will assist.

BELLE-4 Posts: 66
9/30/12 9:04 A

I pre-cut veggies and make a dip I like using 0% yogurt or 0% sour cream, then I add one "bad food" item (about 5 -10 % of my daily calories worth), then I put everything in the nutritional tracker and go at it. I do that only for my really bad days.

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9/29/12 11:53 P

I'm also an emotional eater. I was dealing with a lot of emotions this week and wanted to eat everything in site. I was even at the store with a basket full of candy. Instead of buying it, I looked at the nutrition facts and realized that the 3,000 calories and hundreds of grams of fat and carbs really weren't worth it. I left, empty handed, went back home and spent some alone time with myself. I asked myself, what was I so emotional about that I needed food for? What did I think the food would do for me? How would I feel eating it vs how I feel after eating it?

Sometimes just talking to myself and dealing with the emotions head on helps. I didn't emotion eat and after taking some time for self-reflection, I realized I wasn't hungry anymore.

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9/29/12 11:51 P

I think it is important to remember that when I want to "put off" something that I need to "put on" to replace that something. I am trying to turn my emotional eating into prayer for others.

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9/29/12 11:39 P

Unfortunately, too often I give in to emotional eating. I need to work on making myself do something better, such as journaling, to get the comfort I crave. To prevent binges, I keep bad foods out of the house and I try to get enough sleep every night. When I am well-rested I am much less likely to become over-emotional and desperate for comfort from food.


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9/29/12 6:08 P

I was just reading something on sp again, and one of the things that will trigger our emotions is hopelessness. The answer is to replace food with a comfort exercise, an exercise that you like...So when your emotions hit go do exercise instead of eating..

CARTHY Posts: 7
9/29/12 2:19 P

GFlannery - Exactly! I have recently, finally, gotten to the point of telling myself to walk away or to get something else when I'm tempted to emotionally eat. My way of combating those angry, sad feelings lately? Run. Run so hard and so fast that your lungs burn. Run and imagine you're getting away from it all (or in my case, on a collision course to destroy it all!). Sure, you'll be tired, but it also helps to put things in perspective (for me at least). I just did this awesome, fast run. I'm tired, but in a good way. I don't want to ruin that with a candy bar or some chips. Give me some water, a fruit, or anything healthy. That's just my two pennies.

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9/29/12 1:26 P

Journal and drink water

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9/29/12 10:54 A

GFlannery---Love you for that ! Thanks...So many great idea's here ! emoticon

Edited by: CHICKYWANNA at: 9/29/2012 (10:58)
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9/29/12 10:02 A

You are taking a positive approach.


KITTYFUR2000 Posts: 22
9/29/12 1:48 A

Depression manifests itself from a deep source of repressed anger. I emotionally eat, but thanks to the nutrition tracker, I know I have to come clean at the end of the day. When I think about my goals, I really don't want to sabotage my hard work because of some person who got under my skin. I am sick of being sad, and frustrated about other people. Everyday I work out because I want better things for myself and my body. I want to feel beautiful and feel better in my clothes. I am tired of letting people in my life use me as a punching bag for their inadequacies. Basically, for me, I need to be my own best friend, my own trainer and my own coach because if I stick around too many other people I end up soaking up their emotions or adapting to their unhealthy habits. Don't get sad, direct your inner anger at the bullies plaguing your best friend (YOU). Stand up and fight back for the good of you. At the end of the day, your job, the negative people, whatever triggers you is dragging you down when you emotionally eat. Fight for you because no body else can do it.

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9/28/12 9:33 P

All my emotional eating happens in one place -- the counter by the pantry. I've found if I remove myself from this location completely I can (sometimes ;) redirect my energy. This revelation was a long time coming, unfortunately.

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9/28/12 9:08 P

Thanks for this post and bringing up the question. And thanks to all of you for your input because I've learned a lot from everyone who posted here.

What I do - I'm trying to recognize the emotion I have as I raid the cabinets even though I'm not hungry.

I'm getting hooked on Angry Birds, so that helps me focus away from my emotions.

9/28/12 8:39 P

emoticon I find that when my emotions feel as thoough they are running over me, I buy two packages of sugar free gum, usually one hard cinnamon and one of the dessert gums like chocolate mint. Each piece of gum has only 5 calories and is sugar free. I find that by alternating the gum and chewing the heck out of it that the need to chew is satieated and you can chew both packs in one day without blowing your calories for the day. Buy the strongest cinnamon gum you can find. and chew it until it does not have any more flavor. Don't drink anything while you are chewing because it dilutes the flavor. You can ponder what is bothering you while you are chewing and the strong tastes seem to dull the need to eat high-calorie food. Another thing I do if possible is get out of the situation for a while or find a friend, or post a message. Just keep the garbage food away from yu and you can't eat it. Good Luck! Shaun

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9/28/12 8:38 P

2 or 3 small candy

ONMYWEIGH60 Posts: 805
9/28/12 8:26 P

I will chew sugar free gum and go for a power walk to avoid eating the junk food

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9/28/12 8:25 P

Sometimes when I am emotional I just want to crunch. So I make some popcorn and that satisfies the crunch with not too many calories.


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9/28/12 7:13 P

Chickywanna, I'd say that much of the time what I'm feeling would be obvious, but often enough it'd be just free-floating "bad" until I figure it out. For me it'd take doing some free writing or going for a walk or talking to a friend to get to the bottom of it... and actually all of those things would be better than hitting the fridge. :) I'm sure any kind of prayer or meditation or reflection could also help figure it out.

What I like about it is instead of me just going "oh, I'm emotional" or "I feel bad, I want to eat", I think it'd be helpful for me to be more specific; a bit easier to deal with it.

9/28/12 7:05 P

Recently I found I was tired and hadn't had a good day. I had offended a dear friend and was ashamed and embarrassed and hurting. At first, I thought I felt hungry. I tried to outwait it and lasted an hour. Then I totally gave in. First I thought about what to have. Choosing something quickly, I started to eat. The binge started with one of my favorite foods. I ate some of it and tried to really enjoy it but it didn't taste particularly good and wasn't satisfying that needy feeling. Then I moved on to another food and then another. Somewhere along the way, I noticed I was eating very fast and none of the food tasted delicious. I tried to chew slowly and taste it carefully. Why was I eating? Was I hungry? Was I eating for comfort? I wanted the food to make me feel better. Why wasn't it making me feel better? There had to be a reason. What was I feeling?
I finally realized that I wasn't eating because I was hungry but because I was angry. I was home alone. Who was I angry with? I was angry with myself. I was angry because I had hurt a dear friend and my embarrassment and shame had turned to anger with myself. I wanted the food to take my pain away but I was still hurting. I prayed. It was too late to call my friend but I vowed to apologize and make amends.
Finally when I was feeling better, I thought more about my binge and decided not to beat up on myself about it. I had over eaten but I had also been honest about why. Finally, I asked myself again, "What drove me to eat like that?" The answer, I was eating to dull my pain because I was feeling guilty and I was punishing myself with food.
OMG! How many times have I done that, in the past? Food is not a reliable source of comfort.

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9/28/12 6:59 P

I try to drink a cup of hot tea. I can feel it coming on when there are situations that are stressful. I want salt and crunch.

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9/28/12 6:48 P

I usually want to eat junk when i'm really happy and excited - like on Friday evenings. I want to go out and have fun and that usually involves food. My good mood sinks into being ornery and sad when i tell myself that I shouldn't get junk food.

I heard on Dr. Phil awhile ago that you can't get rid of a bad habit without replacing it with something else. So i'm gradually trying to find something to replace food. Unfortunately I haven't had much luck. I'm getting better at realizing that junk food doesn't actually make me feel better but for the most part i'm only getting better and eating less junk and maybe getting a treat that has fewer calories.

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9/28/12 6:38 P

I see how many cals I have left for that day and stick within that.


GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,786
9/28/12 6:24 P

The emotion that triggers my eating is boredom. I remind myself not to throw away all my hard work. Sometimes that works.

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9/28/12 5:47 P

I'm an emotional eater, too.
I don't know that I have any real tricks. It is a nasty habit to try to break (kinda like smoking).
Here are some of the things that have helped me:
I don't keep foods in the house that I know I will binge on.
I don't keep toxic people in my life.
I make it a priority to maintain my work/life balance to help manage stress.
I allow myself to feel... everything.

That last one, that has been the hardest... allowing myself to feel, to understand where the emotions are coming from, to process it. I have been extraordinarily lucky to have such a supportive husband - he has helped me handle angry outbursts and random crying. He has allowed me to take the time to put my feelings into words without judging me for it (it can be a process to crying and feeling so sad to being able to verbalize WHY and working it out rationally without food.. food just stuffed it down). Not that this stuff happens frequently...

Ironically, this week I had a bit of a meltdown one evening... and I just couldn't even find the words for why I was so upset... fortunately, the thought of eating to soothe it didn't even enter my mind. And when I did find the words... it was almost like a revelation, like I have finally gotten to bottom of the hole that I'd been trying to fill with food. To just even hear those thoughts spoken out loud, things that have been hiding inside for most of my life, was very cathartic for me. And I immediately saw the correlation between my emotional binges and these feelings.

Just remember that you are human and sometimes you will eat to self-soothe; there isn't anything inherently wrong with that - there only is when you stop letting yourself feel and process and turn to food exclusively to cope. It can get better.

9/28/12 3:51 P

For me, the trick was EFT (emotional freedom techniques) and self-reflection. I tapped on my life using a life review exercise, I wrote letters, I examined dreams, I tapped for emotions that came up in interactions with my mother and other people. I was finally able to conquer my emotional eating/bingeing behavior (I share it all in my book). I'm down about 50 lbs now, and I no longer sit in front of the TV at night gorging on pasta. I'm much happier and have more self confidence too. EFT was a god send. I really recommend it for emotional eating : )

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9/28/12 2:50 P

Try not to eat....try to live through the stress or emotional agony until you feel better. Distract yourself with books, tv, movies, a walk outside, a game of frisbee with your kids, jumping rope, dancing to music, etc. Chew gum, brush your teeth...anything to avoid unscheduled munchies!

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9/28/12 1:18 P

Happingfish, what would make you identify the emotion - the prayer ? Thats what I have a problem with is the emotion part ( and others )..But when I tried sitting down befor eating "anything " befor. I remember that I would want something to pop in my mouth but after awhile of the sitting down method. I would think that if I had to sit down to have that bite that I didn't want it because I didn't want to sit down to have it....So it does work real well after awhile...

SARBEAR126 Posts: 120
9/28/12 1:05 P

I do a quick exercise - it may be a walk around the block or a few jumping jacks; just something to move. Sometimes, I will find something to clean - counters, sinks, anything (added benefits!)

Aleisha - be careful on those "cute clothes websites" or you may find that you turn into an "emotional shopper"! ;)

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9/28/12 11:07 A

I will pop something befor I know it, so I'm making a new rule and see if this helps me..That new rule is that I have to sit down at the table for everything that I eat even a snack or a bite of something ! I was reading about that and did try it once and it worked, but I had forgotten about that..The hard part is to figure out what I'm feeling ?

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9/28/12 10:25 A

Unfortunately, I tend to give in to emotional eating. I am going to start breaking that habit by drinking water or doing something that distracts me like playing a game or looking at cute clothes on websites.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,940
9/28/12 9:01 A

I have a list of other stuff I can do to deal with my emotions rather than eat. For example:

-Call a friend and talk about what's bothering me.
-Go for a walk.
-Read a book or magazine.
-Dance a round to a happy pop song.

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9/28/12 8:45 A

Recognizing it is half the battle. Once I realize this is what I am doing, or wanting to do I can usually control it.

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9/28/12 8:44 A

OMG I love Openess' idea because that'd make me IDENTIFY my emotion before I distract myself from it. Goodness gracious that is so smart.

I could even have a rule like anger makes me do 10 pushups or sadness, do one sun salutation from yoga. Something so simple that it's hard to make the excuse not to do it. Also the 500 lb telephone. :) Thanks for that!

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9/28/12 8:38 A

Funny, I was just dealing with this last night no wrote a mini blog just to pass time and get my mind off of the eating. I did NOT end up eating which was good, and instead watched mindless TV and went to bed. Normally I would workout, but as I mentioned in my blog I had already worked out and showered when I got home before the emotions hit.

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9/28/12 7:33 A

I am also an emotional eater. Anger. I have a specific prayer for that. Loneliness. I pick up that 500 lb telephone. Sadness. I have a prayer for selfish and self seeking characteristics.
Depression for me is about self pity. I make a gratitude list. Hurt. I journal. emoticon
I hope this helps.

Edited by: OPENESS at: 9/28/2012 (07:34)
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9/28/12 1:50 A

I am an emotional eater and I have been reading some things on SP to do about it..But just wondering what everyone else does about it ..Do you have tricks to stop and take your mind off of eating ? Or just how do you go about it ?

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