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10/27/10 12:36 A

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Instead of heading right for food, have you tried to have something to drink first-- whether it is water, tea, broth or something else-- try to drink 16-20 oz first.. wait 20 minutes then see if you are hungry. DO not eat in the kitchen where it is easy to take more.. then also do busy work, come here and blog or play a game ANYTHING just so you keep your hands busy. I know you can do it!

One bite, one day, one pound at a time. Remember you are worth the effort!


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10/26/10 10:44 P

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Hi Marty! emoticon

I see you found the Mind Over Body Workshop:)

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10/26/10 6:29 P

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I struggle with this sometimes too, but have only had a few smallish binges since I started this in April.

I find what helps me is to keep trigger foods out of the house. One of mine is ice cream, so we rarely buy it because I just want to keep eating it.

When I feel like I want to eat even when I know I shouldn't be hungry, I try to do something that I know will distract me and it often takes away the urge. Sometimes I will get on here, and read some blogs and it will make me re think eating.

If you really are hungry, then have a small snack. Go to the store once a week or so and stock up on healthy snacks you like. Sometimes when I am in the mood to munch, I'll eat a bunch of celery or something like that.

Hopefully this helps. I know it's hard. When I am having a hard day and just want to eat, I try to tell myself that it's not worth derailing things.

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10/26/10 5:22 P

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I'm not an expert at this but I am learning to deal with my own late night eating. Meaning I still make mistakes!!! LOL

I feel like I have learned a few things that help me be more in control. I try and eat my three meals a day plus 2 snacks. One of these snacks I keep for my late evening "treat".

You had mentioned that you had a couple of bowls of cereal or sandwiches. Make one, get yourself a glass of water. Sit at a table and don't have any distractions (tv radio on etc.) Sit and enjoy! Give yourself 20 mins before you do the second sandwich/or cereal etc. just see if it is body hunger or is it emotional hunger!

I also journal, I write down everything I eat and drink. I add up my calories etc. I try and drink between 64-88 ozs of water each day. I also write about the day, sometimes that is just a line or two or sometimes it can be pages. Sometimes we have feelings that just need to come out and not be stuffed down with food. In the beginning it can be hard to write about feelings, try it for a month or two, then evaluate what you feel and what weight loss you have had.

Wishing you the best!!!

Watching salt intake also trying not to buy foods that have high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.

No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

If an item has more than 10 ingredients I put it on the Do Not Buy List as it is too processed.




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10/26/10 12:16 P

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One minute to the next is all you can do with emotional eating. I too am an emotional eater. I find that I had to find my trigger foods and stay away from them I do better. Like peanut butter, one of my favorites, I can and have eatten it by the spoonful, I have to stay away from it completely. It triggers this beast in me and I binge and binge and binge after eating it. I just started yesterday my no added sugar diet. Kind of something I made up on my own to keep me out of the snack foods. One day at a time is all I can do. But the more you make positive decisions the easier it is to stay away.

Also evaluate your feelings. Why are you eating???? It's not because you are hungry. What is it?? Deal with the emotion because it is still going to be there after you binge! Sometimes this hurts but you have to do it!! Best of luck!!

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10/26/10 11:46 A

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We will be starting an assignment on emotional eating later today in the Mind over Body workshop. You are welcome to join us. You can either catch up on the assignments or jump in right where we are.

On the nighttime eating problem... I am also a nightime eater, and I found this article to be helpful.
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10/26/10 11:21 A

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Dr. Phil has a great book that teaches you how to deal with emotional eating issues. I got a copy on Amazon.com real cheap. Lorraine

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10/26/10 11:15 A

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I am an Emotional Eater, a newbie & need advice I am having a tough time not pigging out. My problem I is I will eat 3 or 4 peanut butter sandwiches or eat 2 or 3 bowls of Cheerios late at night. I have done it 3 times in the last 4 days. I know this is wrong, however it is almost like I am not in control of my body. I must gain control. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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