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Emotional Eater

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I have come to realize that I am a very emotional eater. Any time that I feel depressed or anything, I turn to food. I also feel like when ever someone else is eating around me, that I need to eat then or shortly then after. This is what is causing my problem with losing weight. I am not gaining, but I'm staying the same, well was till winter.

How do I get past being an emotional eater, especially in winter?
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    Emotional eating is tough. Here are a few suggestions:

    1. Journal your feelings.
    2. Evaluate before you eat - Are you truly hungry? How's your mood?
    3. Try to keep busy.
    4. For times when the emotions get to be too much, try reaching for healthy foods.
    5. Plan out goals and keep them in your wallet/purse. When you feel like eating due to emotions, review over your goals.

    These have worked for me, and now, I'm *better* at eating. It'll take time, but you have to be willing to work at it. Don't give up.
    1970 days ago
  • VICKIE285
    Dearest purplecuddlebug
    Emotional eating is something I do at every emotion so I truly understand your pain. I have emotionally eaten myself up to the largest I have ever been. I have been trying to get control but it is so hard. I joined sparkpeople today with a sincere and conscience attempt to change my life physically and mentally. I too suffer from an inability to deal with negativity. I tend to let it roll around in my head until I replace it with something else after a prolonged period of time. I can only offer advice that I myself tend to use from this point forward. I am going to try to eat only when I need it for physical sustenance not emotional sustenance. I think I will just try to eat balanced meals and snacks then when wanting food at other times, I hope I can remind myself that the physical consequences of overeating are staying obese, always being the fat girl and not being able to keep up with my kids. I hope this can help a little. You are worth the trouble of changing and letting yourself become a better person. Don't give up!
    1970 days ago
    I'm an emotional eater too. I also eat out of boredom. It's really difficult to stop doing something (eating) that makes me feel good, even if the feeling is temporary. However, I became aware that I am being self destructive or at least I am the reason I'm not losing weight. I also realized the good feeling I got when I ate was followed by the guilt that I couldn't control myself.

    So long story long, I am starting to change by waiting even 5 minutes before I eat for any reason other than hunger. I kind of talk my self through why losing weight is more important than instant gratification. It sounds silly, but it works for me. (usually) It is harder in the winter because you are stuck inside, but try to find something you can do that will give some satisfaction. Even if it is cleaning, reading a book, organizing your closet, anything. Also, and this is really hard for me, I have started to actually address the reasons for my depression as opposed to trying to numb my feelings. I hope this helps. Happy New Year!
    1971 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2013 9:22:59 PM
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    it is never to late to start.

    my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 walking 15000 steps a day.

    i have lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products at age 60..

    i walk 15000 steps a day.

    i use a salad plate as my dinner plate.

    i keep mandrtan oranges in the fridge. when the sweet tooth comes on i grab one or two tablespoons of the fruit.

    1971 days ago
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