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It's time to admit I'm an emotional eater.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Yes, I can deny this to myself but in all actuality I am an emotional eater. emoticon I never thought I was until I decided to sit down and actually take stock of my life. I had a couple of "aha" moments while I was thinking. emoticon I figured out that I will emotionally eat when I am stressed or anxious. I do not eat when I am happy, sad or angry. I see this as a small victory since I am not emotionally eating for all feelings. emoticon

Well, things have changed recently. I have been unemployed for 8 months now. emoticon Due to this my stress has increased. I have to be careful that I do not put these feelings into eating. I have tried to get rid of all my trigger foods and this has helped. emoticon emoticon emoticon I have also been relying more on my coping skills. I have been at the YMCA when I have been feeling stressed. This is a good way to use that energy in a positive manner. emoticon emoticon emoticon I have been knitting a ton of items for my knitting charity. (Feel free to check it out ). I try to make cards and use my creativity to get all of those feelings out so I don't dwell on it. Lately, I have been very anxious and that is something I thought I had a handle on. I was very anxious when I was in my early 20's but learned how to manage it. Now, it seems it has returned and I need to use different skills to manage it. My self esteem has taken a hit due to the amount of interview rejections. I know the economy is not the best but it still hurts that I haven't found a job.

I can either dwell on the negative feelings and be a crabapple or I can make the best of it. There are people out there who have it worse than I do. I need to remember this. I have my friends, family and Church to help me when I need it. I have chosen to take charge of my eating and destiny and not let it get me down. I might not be able to control my feelings but I can control how I react to them. I am going to chose to be productive instead of eating the feelings.

I hope everyone is having a great day!
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  • KAREN608
    I am similar, but I break out in shingles when stress is very high.
    I am glad right now, not a lot of stress, as DH brought in a bunch
    of cheapo icky cookies and fried pies in little boxes. I will not eat
    any. I will have my fruit, water and none of the chips he bought,

    I think I eat when lonely too, though, as a rule I am used to being alone.
    With five outside cats, I am never really alone.
    1694 days ago
    You are right. You really have to remain positive through this. Glad that you have other ways to occupy your time, especially in such ways that they are benefitting others.
    1738 days ago
    Love your positive attitude on this topic. I am an emotional eater, too, seeking to reach good conclusions such as you have come to and expressed in this post. Thanks for posting.
    1738 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Good job being real with yourself! Sometimes that's the hardest part!
    1743 days ago
  • ELMA1913
    I am so encouraged by your blog! I am an emotional eater also - and also when I am stressed or anxious. Way to go on being productive - my daughter knits and says it is not only relaxing, but keeps her from eating.
    For me, I need to get out an walk, or weather permitting, work in my flower beds pulling weeds. It is amazing how I can pretend that those weeds are my "issues" and I am none too gentle at pulling them out and throwing them in the trash pile!
    1743 days ago
    There are thousands of us emotional eaters! I am a leader on the Emotional Eater team. Our 'icon' is a train - after the 'Little Engine that Could". We believe we can achieve mastery over this eating!
    1744 days ago
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  • -SHAWN-
    I wonder if there are more emotional eaters today due to the fact we are more electronically connected rather than 'in person' connected...hmmmmm
    Are we missing that emotional connection and turning to food to get that need met?
    1744 days ago
    Acknowledging the problem and what triggers you is half the battle. Good for you for recognizing this and doing something to change it. Definitely doing something you love to take your mind off food is the right place to start. I hope you can find a job soon. Stay positive! emoticon
    1744 days ago
    You are amazing! You have taken the time to really know yourself and that alone is going to give you power and confidence in all aspects of your life. Hang in there! emoticon
    1744 days ago
    Emotional eating seems to be more and more common among people today. Glad to read that you are finding other activities to cope. Good luck!
    1744 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon knowledge is power, knowledge is POWER emoticon

    How AMAZING you have been able to not only identify this but also beginning to change it already emoticon emoticon you are a ROCKSTAR emoticon

    I wish you every success in continuing with this AMAZING journey and in finding the employment or alternative that can keep you happy, fulfilled and satisfied.

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    1744 days ago
    You are a strong, inspirational woman. I wish you the best of luck and am grateful you have such a strong support network!
    1744 days ago
    " I might not be able to control my feelings but I can control how I react to them. "


    1744 days ago
    I`m emotional eater as well. I`m so impressed that you manage your bad habits so well.

    1744 days ago
  • OWL_20
    What a positive blog! And exercise is an excellent stress-reliever. Hope things turn-around in the employment department, but until then it sounds like you've got a plan on those bad stress days--which is awesome. Good luck!
    1744 days ago
    I am an emotional eater as well but I eat for ALL emotions!! These days I haven't really been eating due to stress but I'm trying to get that under control! When I was in high school I used to starve myself and I don't want to get into that again either! I hope you find a job soon! It would be discouraging to keep getting rejected but keep your head up and keep on trying! Something will come your way!

    I truly believe in the power of exercise. When I'm stressed, sad or in just a plain old ugly mood I go to the gym or take my dogs for a walk. I feel sooo much better afterwards!

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    1744 days ago
    I am an emotionally eater too. Your determination to overcome is encouraging. I pray you will get a job soon. In the mean time, it sounds like you are generous person and that you are making good use of your time. I am sure you are a blessing to many people.
    1744 days ago
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