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Day 51 - What is emotional eating

Whenever you want to eat something, pull out the sign, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?". Then decide if you need fuel or if your food desire is related to your emotions.

IndyGirl had a blog the other day regarding emotional eating

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Most of the time my over eating is related to gluttony. Sometimes it is related to emotional eating in a very subtle way so I don't recognize it as such. Developing discernment as to why I want to eat is a work in progress, and I do pay attention and try to get better at recognizing early what is going on and having a good push back. Outside of trying to figure out the hunger, the easiest way right now is just to plan ahead of time, at least the day before, what I am going to eat the next day. Then I just "feed the baby" on schedule and on the plan.






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~ make a sign that says, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"

~ Whenever you want to eat something, pull out the sign. Then decide if you need fuel or if your food desire is related to your emotions.

~ In your journal, make a list of situations or places where you are most likely to do emotional eating. Notice any patterns or specific times when you struggle with this.

All these signs and notes are great if I think to pull out the sign or note when I'm in need of it and posting them around my house is not going to happen.
The time I usually emotionally eat is when I'm mad, hurt or disappointed and it's usually at myself.
I go through times where I'm very aware of my feelings and can control eating urges that aren't for hunger; and there are other times when I will tell myself I don't need this because I'm just feeling (insert emotion here) and still, eat anyway. It's not always as simple as realizing what I'm doing.

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Interesting about your MIL, Donna. I was talking with a friend the other day about how when I was growing up, no-one I knew was overweight, but we seemed to have plenty to eat. We came to the conclusion that we didn't have snacks and extra calorie-laden stuff around, so at meal-times we were hungry enough to enjoy a 'proper meal'.

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Day 51 What is emotional eating?

Linda tells us any time we reach for food and aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition we may be emotionally eating!

Recently I found my dh saying something I was not happy with and the need to cover it in food was quite strong but at that time I realised what was about to happen and kept out of the kitchen, biting my lip with my dh. Sometimes my dd and my MiL give me little 'stresses' that can cause me to reach into the kitchen! Try to be sensible. Yesterday my MiL was going on about how she didn't understand how women eat too much and put on weight as she never ate a lot, later she did say she wasn't talking about me though. Talking to my dh last night though he said he thinks they probably didn't have a lot of food in her house so when she said she had a rumbling tummy at school he bets she was hungry! Gives a different perspective doesn't it, we are VERY LUCKY in comparison!

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Thank you everyone for sharing your challenges with emotional eating. You are giving me the information I needed to not eat unless the time is for a meal and then only eating clean foods that fuel my body and not to eat for pleasure or pain.

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Emotional eating - as I commented to Gill, it’s worth about 30 pounds to me. I’ve gained at least that from emotional eating. Even sadder is that I did it to myself and it didn’t solve a thing - only created problems.

Gill, what a day you had yesterday!! I can totally relate as I’ve (I’m sure ‘we’ve’) had similar days. But, yes, what a lovely way to start today. Glad it’s better.

Phyllis, love your statement ‘hindsight needs to be foresight.’ I need to remember that and practice it!

Janet, I’ll bet relationships are the cause for a lot of emotional eating for people. Leads to stress. Leads to emotional eating. Vicious cycle! Been there numerous times. Glad things are improving for you.


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Well said, Phyllis - but so much easier said than done, eh?! At least when we reflect on what has happened, there is the opportunity for some learning, and perhaps a different choice might pop into our head next time.


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Day 51 - What is emotional eating?

My goal: Recognizing emotional eating when it’s happening instead of looking back on a bad eating day and seeing just what the real problem was!

The real problem over the weekend was frustration at hubby who has warned me for days on end that it is going to get cold. Every time I wanted to open windows, I got the warning!

Same hubby has wondered about the furnace and if it needed checked but didn’t check.
Yup, no heat on Saturday and my admonition to not call the repair man on the weekend for an extra charge, it’s not that cold! We have some space heaters, we will survive.
Then when small irritations came up as they sometimes do, they were magnified by my already irritated mood.

Although I know nothing changed and there was no benefit whatsoever of my spending too much time under the covers or eating everything not nailed down, sometimes the “pity party” shows up! It is for sure that a little activity would have warmed me up!
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Right now, I can calmly talk about this. Emotional eating has been a big part of my life. But the worst of it was a few years ago when I had stressful relationships in my family. I was going to the cabinets every night while my husband was on the exercise bike in the basement. I gained 25 pounds from this. Relationships improved, but that habit didn't go away until I got serious about losing weight in the spring. Yes, cookies and crackers are my go-to items for this. If candy is available, it also.

I've been paying attention to my eating at times other than at mealtime for awhile.. I've learned that I'm very vulnerable now when I'm tired. Family relationships are all good, so emotional eating temptations are low. In my teen years, I ate because I was frustrated or overwhelmed. I put on 15 or 20 pounds that never came off during those years.

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My previous posts inspire me; we all have our own relationship with this thing 'emotional eating', and we probably all know what it is. I have to say, before working through this book, I didn't really recognize that any of my eating was due to emotional needs - talk about denial!!!!

Yesterday I certainly experienced emotional eating. I woke up with a sore throat and stuffed up head, and a slightly sick feeling. I tried to make pancakes for breakfast, thinking something sort of pumpkin-spiced would be nice for a cold - the recipe went wrong and they ended up in the bin. I'd have been better off probably skipping breakfast anyway and just having a drink, but no, I ate some cookies, then some toast (instead of the failed pancakes).

I did manage to make myself a healthy lunch. But then, again, in the afternoon, I felt like baking, and made a batch of gingerbread mixture. I put it in a tin which was just a little too small, so it overflowed, and started burning on the bottom of the oven. That created an almighty stink of burning sugar which took me ages to get out of the kitchen! And I had to clean the oven - the gingerbread went in the bin, but only after I'd pulled off and eaten all the crispy bits round the edge. Then I went for bread and jam in compensation for........... for what?!

Not my best day! And it's only now that I realize I was looking to fill an emotional need with baked goods. Baking is very nurturing, warm, sweet, comforting. A bowl of soup would have been a better choice! On reflection, I didn't speak to anyone yesterday either.

I hate feeling so chaotic around food like that!

Today has started better, and with awareness of what's going on! I had my planned breakfast of cereal and fruit. Then a big lorry with a huge grab on came and parked outside my home - it's a big thing which is putting earth back into a hole in the ground that was dug out by the water board recently. It was interesting, so I took a video and sent it to my d-i-l for my grandson (who is 2 1/2 yrs old). To my delight, she started a Whatsapp video call and I had a sweet chat with her and my grandson. He showed me how he can now do his ABC song!

That emotional top-up was what I REALLY needed! I feel so much better!


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Day 51 What is emotional eating?

Linda tells us any time we reach for food and aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition we may be emotionally eating!

This was Christmas day and I don't think I was really emotionally eating, maybe a little tired but maybe it was a bit of 'emotional eating' emoticon .

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Day 51 — What is emotional eating?
I remember well my reaction the first time reading this title.
My reaction was that I didn’t think I was an emotional eater. With further study of this book I found out how wrong I was.
Many things have improved since then but many need to be worked on as life changes and new emotions come up.

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Day 51 What is emotional eating? "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"

Ask questions - don't eat because it's there or (seeing delicious food).
I don't buy all the clothes I want. I can use restraint with food.

Emtional Triggers and Solutions
1.) Bored Tired or Upset -
Deep Breaths and look in Mirror emoticon (simple & effective)
___Even if hungry, I will wait till I feel calm (easier for digestion).
***Tired*** NewRule : No Evening Eating (NEE) 2-3 hours before bedtime
2) Tv screens = mindless munching (M&Ms) emoticon get moving emoticon
3) Rush-out without list. List-Less? emoticon Make quick list in car before entering store. Food in everywhere, I need a list every time (food & non-food items)
4) Excited to eat after exercise - carry LowCarb recovery (celery, emoticon )
5) Sneaky treats emoticon NewRule: put food in trunk & have water handy

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emoticon I don't eat emotionally as much as I use to... if I do it's a combination of triggers. For example: lack of sleep, change of routine, trigger foods around and mixture of emotions on holidays.


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At first when I read this lesson I was going to play the "devil's advocate - can we no longer eat just for the pleasure of it? Does it always have to indicate some problem with us?

O.K. Enough of that. Yup, I can be an emotional eater. I may not eat after a call from my mother, but I sure do dig into the deserts offered at my Garden Club monthly meeting & luncheon after the stress of taking minutes for two meetings (I'm Secretary for one more month!). Like Cat mentioned - it is an afterwards effect. Must be something about those cortisol levels!

I loved two of the sayings I read in your posts

I Need To Know Myself To Control Myself (thanks Babs)
What You Need Is Not In Here! (thanks Cat)


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I didn't really think I had much of an issue with emotional eating - until I read this book! Some of the eating challenges I have are chemical - the attraction of the sugar/salt/fat thing has now been proven to be terrifically difficult to resist for most people.

Today, at work, around 12.30 midday, I felt 'hungry' and wanted to eat my lunch. Well, that sounds reasonable enough until you find out that I had breakfast at 10am. Hmm, I cannot possibly be hungry. Also, my lunchtime meal has to last me until I get home after 7pm, so I don't want to eat it too early.

I busied myself doing "one more thing", then another "one more thing" - and in the end it was almost 3pm before I ate my packed lunch. Once I had decided NOT to eat at 12.30pm, the hunger evaporated. Funny that, eh? It was boredom, stress, frustration, lack of appreciation, a need for a break - all those things Linda talks about.

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Emotional eater? Who, me? Yeah. I’ve done really well in learning to not respond to immediate emotions, but now I find that I really need to work on some deeper underlying things. Those who warn that overeating has a tendency to be a buffer are correct. Courage.



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Post from the past:

"Repeatedly revisiting this section has helped me to face up to my emotional eating. This has proven to be key in my reaching and maintaining goals.

Maribeth, I loved your blog and I have been working on formulating and blogging a holiday strategy of my own but not finding the time. I have the same problem as you Chele. It is so easy to spend too much time on the computer wanting to read, absorb and respond to everything.

Phyllis, you did an amazing analysis of your emotional eating. Several of you did and you have inspired me to do an updated one of my own.

The sun is rising here and I am off to meet a friend for a 2 mile hike which is easy for her but just about did me in last time." lol

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Today I have to laugh as I read this post from the past. I met that same friend for the first time in months for a hike this morning (not at sunrise but she still just about did me in). We haven't been able to connect and walk together for several months.

I did make the time and formulate a holiday strategy and I also ended up doing an analysis of my emotional eating both of which were extremely beneficial in helping me to hold the line and avoid weight creep over the holidays.

After many times through these lessons, I now recognize emotional eating for what it is, that I can slip into its snare and that I have to be on the lookout for it constantly.

Linda is spot on when she says emotional eating is, "Anytime you reach for food when you are not physically hungry or needing nutrition." More than ever I am aware of triggers like the TV or DH snacking. I am doing better at remembering to ask myself if I am truly hungry or if it is just a desire to fill some void that isn't going to be filled by food. emoticon emoticon



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I remember talking to my BFF about emotional eating ... she said that she over ate coz she liked food.

Hmmm ... are ya hungry when you eat??? Do you taste the food when you are over eating???

She got mad at me ... and I got honest with myself.

I am an emotional eater ... looking for "comfort" when things are not going well.

It usually hits AFTER the crisis is getting better ... like I am no longer distracted by the crisis ... and now want my ... hmmm, reward.

I had a sign in the fridge that said ... what you are needing is not in here.
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Looks like I'm not alone in this one. Emotional eating - I excel! I can even make up excuses. But I'm working on this one too. I am trying not to be too judgmental on myself. That will only dig my hole deeper. I know one thing - I'm learning a lot about myself. That's good too. I have to 'know me' in order to 'control me.'

I cleaned/cut/sliced an apple this morning as well as mini peppers. They're 'pretty' - red, yellow and orange. So I'll have something 'pretty' for lunch. I brought a banana for this morning's snack. For me, it's all in the planning and the preparation.

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Oh my....I am so guilty of emotional eating......but sometime I’m not upset or worried, I just want to eat sweets! Today I will think about eating something healthy when I get that craving, if healthy food doesn’t sound good, then I’ll know I’m not hungry. Today I will be strong!

One day at a time!


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Day 51 - What is emotional eating?
Any time you eat for any reason other than true hunger it’s probably emotional eating.
I have learned that I have lots of triggers that send me looking for comfort food.
The good thing is that now I can usually figure out what is causing my desire and not turn to food which never fixes anything emotional.


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Emotional eating:

I can fall into its trap easily. My mind pushes for it when I am stressed, depressed, angry, and have free time. While I don;t have to listen to my mind, my mind can be loud and persistent.

Food does not fix emotions. I feel worse after I give in.

Is it hunger or a desire to eat?

Well, does a bowl of plain defrosted string beans sound good right now? No? Then great chance it is emotions telling me to just eat something.

Ask myself "What's going on here?
Decide if it is true hunger. If not, let the thoughts pass by with out having to prove or disprove them. The thoughts are just thoughts and can not hurt me or make me do anything.

How can I help myself feel better if I am stressed, depressed, or angry without eating?

Walking, reading, practicing Bass, singing, exercising, talking, resting, making decaf coffee or tea, are just a few ideas.

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Day 51 Emotional Eating - when excited about free birthday meals
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(bright idea?) 2 free meals (missed last Bogo)
Breakfast NelsonBros: salmon & fritters (skip Hollandaise sauce, sour cream)
Dinner LaCasita - pulled pork chili, chips, salsa, rice, fish, mixed veggies
Better planning - down 55# from b-day 2016 (5# less than '17) -
Weight higher '19 - make notes for '20

Obstacles - Too many choices at restaurants. Too salty (only drink water )
Compensate: fast, probiotics, digestive enzymes & extra exercise
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Day 51 What is emotional eating?

Emotional Eating; defined as: Anytime you reach for food when you aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition. Using food to ‘fix’ emotional needs. There went the diet!

Before you put anything in your mouth, ask yourself, “Is this hunger or a desire to eat” If you’re having a desire to eat, catch yourself on the spot and ask, “What’s going on here? What’s making me want to eat right now?”

Decide if you need fuel or if your food desire is related to your emotions.

Using food to "fix" your emotional needs. Eventually emotional eating will destroy your diet plan as well as ruin your motivation and your self-esteem.

Stopping Emotional Eating

1. Before you put anything in your mouth, ask yourself: Is this hunger or a desire to eat?

2. Recognize what you're doing it. Pay attention to the times you eat when you truly aren't hungry. Analyze your habits such as having a bowl of ice cream every night at bedtime.

3. If you decide you are hungry, give your body some fuel. But if you're having a "desire to eat" catch yourself on the spot and ask: "What's going on here? What's making me want to eat right now?"

4. Consider how you could take care of your needs instead of appeasing them with food.

Times I eat when I am not truly hungry. Look for patterns - times, place, people, what activity was I doing?

Ask myself IS THIS HUNGER OR A DESIRE TO EAT? What is making me want to eat right now? How can I take care of my needs without food?

Think about how many times you eat for reasons other than to fuel your body.
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I will have to monitor my eating activities to see if there are patterns. Nothing in particular comes to mind though hubby and I did have ice cream last night before bedtime. I did eat Nanaimo bars at Christmas till they were ALL, just standing in the kitchen gobbling them up till they were all gone - intentionally!

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Day 51 What is emotional eating?

Linda tells us any time we reach for food and aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition we may be emotionally eating!

Sadly this was Boxing Day and although I wasn't really emotional I think I was eating as its Christmas and perhaps a little tired after the big day. I did visit my MiL at the home and that went okay but .... who knows perhaps it was 'emotional eating'.

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Maintaining your weight through that long period of restricted mobility is a HUGE achievement! Well done!

I had another of these 'moments' this afternoon - I'd taken time to sit down and do my budget for January (before the pay arrives!) - and when I finished I felt 'hungry'. I knew this was not real hunger, it was a reaction to having done the budget! So I decided to make a cup of tea, and give myself a foot soak and pedicure (which I needed to do today).

Guess what - after the foot soak and cup of tea there was no 'hunger' left - and I waited another couple of hours for my evening meal.




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Pleased to say that I haven't gained over the 10 month period of restricted mobility. I would need to seriously move more to lose but am happy with a reasonable degree of equilibrium.

I still have a tendency to want to 'snack' eat when my DH is working away. However, because I recognise this now, I can find alternatives more often than not.

I feel 2018 should be a more health focussed year from the personal development angle. 2017 needed to be about recuperation. It would feel good to stretch my limits again in 2018 by trying something new. I'll talk this through with my Physio in Jan to see what he suggests ( and approves).

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What is a emotional Eating?
When I began this "100 Days" book I did not think I was an emotional eater. I always said, I just love food! However I’ve learned I didn’t really, I just ate.
After looking back at the past couple of weeks of “Christmas” fun I now must face the fact that I am indeed sometimes an emotional eater.
Although I’ve changed a lot of my habits associated with eating when I’m unhappy it seems that I must also check myself when I’m in that happy place where “it’s all good”!
So today I’ll remember that some of those gifts need to go out because being healthy is one of the most important thing in my life right now.

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Day 51- What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating has been the underlying cause of the majority of my weight gains during my life time.

Food = comfort when I was stressed, hurt, angry, lonely, tired

It didn't talk back, and it gave predictable results. Looking forward to lessons learned in this ten day segment.


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I have had problems with emotional eating before. Chocolate is what I want to grab when stressed. Sometimes I eat something just because it is there. In group settings I am trying to fit in. I will do my best to think about whether I am really hungry or not and evaluate if I am trying to fill a need. This will be a good exercise.
I like the HALT acronym. Asking myself if I am really hungry...or am I angry, lonely, or tired? Thinking of "halt" will remind me to evaluate.

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Yesterday evening, after a day alone, after nutritious & delicious Xmas food, I found myself feeling 'hungry'. I knew that this could not be physical hunger, although it may have been a chemical reaction to what I'd eaten.

I also knew that my digestive system had plenty to work on and more would make me feel grotty! So I made a cup of spiced green tea (Xmas gift) and used a glass tea bowl I could cup in my hands - I took it to the doorstep and looked up at the stars.

My hungry feeling just disappeared!

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Quote from the last time I completed this page:
' I like 'HALT'....Hungry, angry, lonely, tired. That ticks a couple of boxes! I'd add procrastination and boredom. I chomp my unnecessary calories down in the evenings...and can start earlier if I have a major report to write. I can eat a lot of healthy snacks! '

Progress has been made in recognising procrastination eating and in making better food choices whenI am tired.

I've been walking a thin line on wanting to eat because I am frustrated about my current mobility issues. I can't get out there and exercise without pain. However, I've largely avoided 'pity party' eating (largely..a couple of slip ups) by involving myself in a team weight loss Challenge. The accountability has helped. OK, this is extrinsic motivation but it has served as a useful check when stressed.

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Day 51, what is emotional eating

When I eat out of boredom, frustration, anger, or even happiness....that is emotional eating.

I rarely do that now but at least if I do, I no longer have my old Go-To snacks in the house and I limit myself to one plate at meals.

I guess that I will always be an emotional eater on some level but I have found ways to deal with my tendency to entertain myself or stabilize my emotions with food.

Yes, Chris, a nice cuppa tea will do it for me too!

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My hubby's mother often had a "nice cuppa tea," I think it was her way of comforting herself daily. chris

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Day # 51
The one good thing I've learned is to recognize emotional eating for what it is.
However I can admit that sometimes I do give in to the urge. A cup of hot chocolate sometimes works to curb the damage for me.

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My name is Chele and I am an emotional eater.

I know I am eating from emotion and lately I have been having trouble stopping myself.

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Gill - What a wonderful entry here! We are all working towards such self-awareness and healthy adaptation! Congratulations! emoticon Teddy Bear Hugs!



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After working through these lessons a few times, I very rarely indulge in emotional eating these days.

I do, however, recognize when I feel the 'need' to put something in my mouth for emotional reasons! Yesterday I was on my way to a meeting at someone's house, and the last time I was there - there was a bit of a disagreement which left me feeling hurt. As I got off the bus I felt the 'need' to get 'something'. In the past that might have been chocolate or something similar. This time, I chose to go and buy myself a take-out cappuccino (this is creamier that the coffee I would usually drink - so it WAS a comforter - but it wasn't a mocha or anything sweet and too calorific). I felt comforted to be able to hold this warm paper cup in my hand, and sip it as I walked to her house.

On other occasions - if I know there is going to be something that might make me feel emotionally needy - I try to plan in advance. For example, if I know I have a team meeting at work, and then have to stay and work a shift - I will add a packet of crisps to my packed lunch, or some extra nuts and raisins, or a raw fruit & nut bar with a dash of cocoa in it - just something that is a little bit comfortable. It's not food that I need, nutritionally, but it helps me emotionally. It also stops me from reaching for the cookies that I know will be spread out on the table!

I also (sorry to go on so long!) have a sign on my kitchen cupboard door which tells me that I know I'm tired, but to put the kettle on and make a cup of tea, then sit down and put my feet up for 10 mins! Because actually sitting down and stopping being busy is what I need - I don't need a handful of peanuts!

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Day #51 What is Emotional Eating?
It amazes me that I learned the most from this section of the book and yet it seems to be the part of the book that I abandon first in real life.
Yesterday I had lunch with 1958TMC, a fellow Sparker, and talked about what I've learned and this morning as I continue to be honest about my journey I realized the reason I've spent time in the yo-yo pattern of my old life (before Sparkpeople) is because I've gone back to old ways of letting my procrastination take over!
Today I will make a check list, tackle it for the next 30 days until my planned fun weekend and get to work making my days healthy, active and as happy as I can.


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Day 51 What is emotional eating?

First...I want to say that hubs surgery yesterday went well and we have only good news. Samples have been sent for culture and biopsy but the surgeon is confident that there is no malignancy and that was my greatest worry. So relieved today and refreshed after a 10 hour sleep!

Emotional eating??? That is when I eat without being physically hungry. It is the eating I want to do when I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room, when I'm bored, when I want to procrastinate, when I'm excited, happy, mad, sad, nervous, etc. Any emotion/mood can lead me to the refrigerator. I'm so glad for the lessons I've learned with this book and recognizing the fact that I AM an emotional eater was the greatest lesson because that is what brought me to the point of doing something about it.
I used to be an emotional eater but this time did NOT eat my way through several hours in the waiting room, managed to eat healthy meals and PLAN! WOOHOO!

I may be a slow learner...but I am a learner!

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Day 51: What is emotional eating?

Well...I am working on "rewiring my brain" a result of years of eating emotionally.
I'm leaning to recognize when my emotions need attending too (without the use of food)

my plan stop- listen -CHOOSE action . I'm not going to react impulsively to quiet my emotions.

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Day 51: What is emotional eating?
You were doing so well, but then something went wrong.
You knew you weren't hungry, but you reached for a few chips or cookies to make yourself feel better. You've just slipped into emotional eating.
Think about how many times you eat for reasons other than to fuel your body. Sneaking a candy bar in the middle of the afternoon, searching the cupboard when the kids go down for a nap, nibbling a free doughnut at the bank-all of these match the true definition.
Emotional eating
Anytime you reach for food when you aren't
physically hungry or needing nutrition
There went the diet!
If you occasionally grab a candy bar on a stressful day, you probably won't do much damage. But if you aren't careful, you can slide into using food to "fix" all of your emotional needs. Eventually, emotional eating will destroy your diet plan as well as ruin your motivation and your self-esteem.
To stop emotional eating, you first have to recognize you're doing it. Start paying attention to the times you eat when you truly aren't hungry. Analyze your habits such as having a bowl of ice cream every night at bedtime or grabbing a few cookies every time you get off the phone with your mother.
Why am I eating?
When you start thinking about food, decide whether you're having a physical need or an emotional one. Before you put anything in your mouth, ask yourself,
Is this hunger or a desire to eat?
If you decide you actually are hungry, give your body some fuel. But if you're having a desire to eat, catch yourself on the spot and ask, "What's going on here? What's making me want to eat right now?" Then consider how you could take care of your real needs instead of appeasing them with food.
Make a sign that says, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"
Whenever you want to eat something, pull out the sign. Then decide if you need fuel or if your food desire is related to your emotions.
In your journal, make a list of situations or places where you are most likely to do emotional eating. Notice any patterns or specific times when you struggle with this.
No eating just because anymore
Stress will always be there
boredom can be fixed without food
Loneliness can be fixed by finding friends who live by. I think that may happen by getting involved in new activities
I will not eat unless it is hunger I am going to succeed
This has happens to me :
The treat is ‘talking to me” I know it is not hunger. But sometimes the voice in my head is so strong. It is so hard to ignore. Sometimes I choose to ignore it, other times I choose to have the treat. I usually rush to eat it and feel guilty afterwards.
If I see people eating food that I 'envy' I now call it 'resentment' - I am resenting the fact that they can eat it, and I can't! I guess those are just two words for the same thing - they both lead to a feeling of deprivation; almost like we're being punished, perhaps? Maybe childhood echoes like: "If you're not good, etc.......... you won't get a piece of cake, etc.........."
still get the urge to eat if I'm bored, angry, stressed, tired........ but I currently re-direct that towards a hot drink. over time, I've can learn to do what I need to do so I don't emotion eat.
I used to eat for emotional reasons - good or bad:
When I was stressed, sad, angry, anxious, depressed, bored...
When I was happy and celebrating...
Even when the food was 'just there'....
now eat my meals, and healthy snacks, working on no added sugar life is becoming more reasonable and NOT ALL ABOUT FOOD.
When I was younger I would retreat and not eat. I thought i was punishing my parents I guess.I guess at some point it went the other way where I started eating.
I ate when stressed
I ate out of boredom
I ate out of loneliness
I ate out of envy too.
I ate because the food seem to be calling my name
I ate just because
Now I don't listen when it calls me most of the time as if not on my plan I don't eat it. still working on this.
Do I still have stress or get bored heavens know i shouldn't be as i have plenty to do, but it not the same as having friends to talk to to go places with. I ve been shy most of life and in some aspects it is still there but being an area captain brought me out of the box.
Now I eat when I am hungry
if I want it It must fit into my exchanges or i wait for tomorrow
When I was younger I would retreat and not eat. I thought i was punishing my parents I guess. I guess at some point it went the other way where I started eating.
Now working on ignoring those signals and working on remaining a KOPS.

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Sorry, only just spotted your post here. No S is a habit modification system which involved how we eat - it's not exactly a diet, in that it doesn't tell you what to eat, but WHEN to eat.

There is a team here on Spark People
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and also a good explanation on the website

www.nosdiet.com/

It is basically three meals a day, No Snacks, No Seconds, No Sweets except, sometimes, on days that begin with 'S' (Saturday, Sunday and Special days)

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Thanks for this thread. It helped me work through a bad food envy moment at work.
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Yep, I will always be a work in progress too! There is always something to learn. When I sign year books I always write "Never stop learning!"

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Odd as it sounds sometimes I do not notice that my behavior/responses have radically changed until it comes back up in a lesson here on 100 Days and draws my attention to it.

I have not been 'emotionally eating' for quite some time now ... but emotional eating was a major 'cause' or reason for a lot of my weight gain(s) over the decades.

I think what has helped me the most lately is I have been working on my emotions/feelings through my Buddhist studies/meditations and using those 'tools' lieu of food to get through the emotions/feelings. I am not triggered in the same way. I started to type 'anymore' ... but you NEVER know when things crop back up/relapse in an 'old way'.

So - as Phyllis stated - I believe I will ALWAYS be a work in progress...

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What I wrote the first time through still holds true for me. I have made progress and will continue to focus on these ten days. I'm not where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be.

Day 51- What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating has been the underlying cause of the majority of my weight gains during my life time.

Food = comfort when I was stressed, hurt, angry, lonely, tired

It didn't talk back, and it gave predictable results.


This ten days of lessons, I am sure, are going to help me to identify food triggers and ways to overcome them without using food as my drug of choice to calm my senses or boost my injured ego.



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I too have been inspired by the different aspects of emotional eating that all of you have been willing to share and where you are at in that journey. When I saw this day again in my 'magic notebook' (the journal I keep on the computer) I actually was excited. I have spent 21 1/2 years working on this very thing. That is a long time! How well am I doing? I am doing much better all of the time and I am confident that there will come a day when I will forget what it once was like and it will be a distant memory. That feels like a huge accomplishment to me. So, what is different?

I rarely eat emotionally any more. I do want to say that this was not luck nor some wave of some magic wand. This was hard work on my part for nearly a quarter of a century. Some people would have given up but one thing that recovery does is that it makes you want more and more.

What I have learned this past year is that I have been willing to face some really tough stuff. I blogged about these episodes as they happened. Sometimes a specific event triggered a huge tsunami of emotions. When it did I allowed myself to feel all of those feelings and yes at times it felt like I was gasping for air and I was going to drown but I felt them and then it got better. As a result, I have become a much stronger person emotionally. I am firmly anchored now and I don't feel that I need to turn to food to help me deal with anything non-food in my life.

The turning point for me regarding the holidays is that I am in full control of what food comes into my home (after all I am the chief cook LOL) and so therefore this is my turf. I no longer give food the power to run roughshod over me but on the other hand I do allow myself to enjoy and savor smaller portions of former favorites. This second time around I realized that if I am going to make peace with food I am going to have to master the two bites and smaller portions less frequently lessons of earlier weeks ago. That is what I practiced this past Thanksgiving and I also lost 1 lb. LOL. That felt crazy good. LOL.

I know that I will be here for round 3 into 2017. In fact, I might be going through this book every single 100 day until I am 100 lbs. less. We'll see...it is so worth it and so am I.

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Maria, have a great time on your hike!

I agree, the posts are very inspiring! I was reading them while mindfully eating lunch at work.

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Repeatedly revisiting this section has helped me to face up to my emotional eating. This has proven to be key in my reaching and maintaining goals.

Maribeth, I loved your blog and I have been working on formulating and blogging a holiday strategy of my own but not finding the time. I have the same problem as you Chele. It is so easy to spend too much time on the computer wanting to read, absorb and respond to everything.

Phyllis, you did an amazing analysis of your emotional eating. Several of you did and you have inspired me to do an updated one of my own.

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The sun is rising here and I am off to meet a friend for a 2 mile hike which is easy for her but just about did me in last time. lol

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Day 51 What is emotional eating?

Wow 50 days done.

Is it hunger or a desire to eat???

I ve reached my weight goal now need to learn to maintain. and boy those emotions are flying in. saying I can now eat this. but like I know this is a lifestyle change and I can eat anything as long as I use portion control and be honest and journal it.

Once you are in habit it is easy but it is also easy to find those old habits trying to get me back.

Mostly I get the emotional calls from me a voice than can sometimes be heard louder than my sensible knowledge.
being alone and easily to slip into those habits

I used to eat frequently because of stress, boredom, loneness or just because it was there
now the voices are less and less and reasons are less too.
Now I am working on fitness but I need to also work on eating only when hunger and not a desire to eat? but like the ideal of having a hot tea instead.

I am having a snack a healthy snack later in evening and it is helping me so I don't desire food at bedtime.

Now I hardly listen when it calls me as if not on my plan I don't eat it.
Do I still have stress or get bored heavens know i shouldn't be as i have plenty to do, but it not the same as having friends to talk to to go places with.

I ve been shy most of life and in some aspects it is still there but being an area captain brought me out of the box.

Until I stated and continued the book I ate for all the dumb reasons

Now I eat when I am hungry
if I want it It must fit into my exchanges or i wait for tomorrow and I journal all fuel I eat.

No eating just because anymore

Stress will always be there
boredom can be fixed without food
Loneliness can be fixed by finding friends who live by. I think that may happen by getting involved in new activities

I will not eat unless it is hunger I am going to succeed








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(Same as last time except adding NoS to my ways of coping has helped with my emotional eating.)

Day #51 What is Emotional Eating
When I began this "100 Days" book the first time I did not think I was an emotional eater. I was sure that my problem was:
a. My age (science says after menopause it's harder to loose weight).
b. My thyroid (a tumor years ago means I only have half my thyroid).
c. My metabolism has always been slow (I dislike exercise & strength training).

After facing some important facts I now know:
a. I used to eat when my husband walked out the door while I'm still talking leaving me with a feeling of unimportance. (He still sometimes does.)
b. I used to eat after stressful phone calls. (I still get them sometimes.)
c. I used to eat when I was bored, stressed-out, scared, mad, sad, etc!
Now I really am different and can usually avoid a complete wipeout of my goals at least most of the time. I'm still a work in progress!

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After posting I will read your blog. Thank you for sharing!

Day 51: Is this hunger of a desire to eat? (Most of my post is the same as last time.)

Emotional eating… yep I used to do that all of the time. Since I have been following “No S” I have lessened the “episodes”. If I give in it is usually on Friday after work or over the weekend.

This happens to me when:
No one is around and that treat is ‘talking to me” I know it is not hunger. But sometimes the voice in my head is so strong. It is so hard to ignore. Sometimes I choose to ignore it, other times I choose to have the treat. I usually rush to eat it and feel guilty afterwards.

Since starting “NO S” I have been able to fight the weekly voice. There are tough times but so far I have pushed through it. Every now and then I feel depressed and think “I wish I could just have some.”

The same thing happens on ‘S” days. I know I am “allowed” to snack. I know I am “allowed” to have treats. But I want to try to limit them to stop my yo-yo cycle. When I choose to eat them it is emotional eating. I give in to the emotional desire to eat it. I know I can hold up that “Is this hunger of a desire to eat?” sign and confidentially say it is desire. Will it stop me? Hmmm… it has not yet, but I am getting better and better at lessening the amount of treats I eat.

Been very stressed and emotional lately.... just a lot going on. Loving this team!



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Is this hunger or a desire to eat?

At this very moment, I have finished a sandwich and a glass of milk for a late dinner and I am NOT hungry. Even sipping my cold water or coffee convinces me I physically don't need anything more right now. But, yes, I do have that desire to keep eating. This happens to me, not as much as it used to (which was all the time), but I recognize it. It's not for the taste. As a matter of fact, it's because of this that I started using the "wait 20 minutes" technique. I used to call it "wait 20 minutes to see if I'm still hungry", but now I'm much better at actually gauging real hunger. 20 minutes still does work for letting the desire ebb, however. emoticon

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I am suddenly not in the mood for chocolate! LOL!

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Reading your post Gill made me think about my own feelings towards seeing other people eat foods I cannot have. Funny thing - it doesn't bother me...anymore. That kind of 'surprises' me. Really surprises me actually. I think I've 'trained' myself to not look/pay attention to what anybody else is eating. Don't know 'when' I actually accomplished that ... until your post it just wasn't even on my radar anymore - ha!

Thinking about it a bit more I realize my problem is when there are buffets or dining out when there is food placed on table to be shared - as in chips/salsa, etc. This is when I have my feelings and/or battles -ha! Because I have to make a choice...and over and over ... not like when ordering off a menu and 'done' with it.

I'm a floor person too! Although it's been harder in the past few years to get up and down off the floor. A little easier lately as I continue to try to exercise/strengthen/stretch my painful ol' body - ha!

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Anger, boredom & envy - I'd agree with those for sure, Linda! Well done for realizing that 'food envy' was one of your emotional-eating drivers.

As another No S person, I no longer experience that driver on a regular basis. I know that I can have my 'treat' on Saturday or Sunday if I really need/want it. If I see people eating food that I 'envy' I now call it 'resentment' - I am resenting the fact that they can eat it, and I can't! I guess those are just two words for the same thing - they both lead to a feeling of deprivation; almost like we're being punished, perhaps? Maybe childhood echoes like: "If you're not good, etc.......... you won't get a piece of cake, etc.........."

I still get the urge to eat if I'm bored, angry, stressed, tired........ but I currently re-direct that towards a hot drink. I will make a cup of tea or coffee (or hot chocolate if it's late evening). If I'm at home, I will lay on the floor and read (I love laying on the floor!). If I'm at work, or out and about, I'll try to sit quietly. For example, yesterday at work I was able to just sit in the garden for 5 mins whilst I drank a coffee. So, over time, I've learned to do what I need to do - take a break, lay down, go for a walk, have a shower and change my clothes - but I mostly still need something in my mouth - and a hot drink is less damaging than food. Maybe one day, I won't even need the hot drink.

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Day 51 - What is Emotional Eating?

"Anytime you reach for food when you aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition."

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****************************I LOVE this definition ... I'm in agreement - it makes it simple.

I used to eat for emotional reasons - good or bad:

When I was stressed, sad, angry, anxious, depressed, bored...
When I was happy and celebrating...
Even when the food was 'just there'....

I now eat my meals, hardly ever any snacks, no added sugar ... and my "S" days I try to eat the same as non-S days (because I now want to) but IF I want to splurge I try to make it a healthy splurge or snack. I'm finding life is so much easier when I make the 'special' treats to myself 'specially healthy' (hey, they can STILL be decadently GOOD - ha!).

Between Linda's lessons thus far and No S, and great team mates and team leaders things are leveling off for me ... life is becoming more reasonable and NOT ALL ABOUT FOOD.

Am I losing weight as fast as I would like?? Nooooooo ... but it will come off eventually! Am I feeling better, stronger (physically but ALSO MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY)?? You bet'cha!!!!

Life is good (always has been I just had it buried under food and laziness!).


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I have 3 big emotional triggers

The first is anger - I was raised to never show anger, so I swallow my anger, literally and figuratively. This one I am getting better at. I am learning to "use my words" like we tell my grandchildren

the second is boredom - when there is nothing to do I want to eat. I am learning to redirect that to exercise.

The last I have just identified- it is envy - one of the seven deadly sins and it is a deadly one for me. I wallow in food envy. My daughter's family lives with me and they eat ice cream every night I am envious. When I go out to eat, and other people indulge in huge plates of greasy food. I am envious. When I see a child eating a cookie. I am envious.

This is the first time I have realize that envy is leading me to bad decisions. Recognizing the cause is half the battle.

So that is my woeful tale of emotional eating. Now that I have identified the "bad guys" I can learn to deal with them.

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I really like this definition of emotional eating - when you're neither physically hungry nor do you need nutrition. It simplifies it a lot. Indygirl had a blog last year about HALT - are you really hungry or are you angry, lonely or tired? I think she said she got it from OA. I use it for my goal board as a reminder, adding anxious or boredto the question. I have (over)eaten as a result of each of these. emoticon



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Day 51:

emoticon Is this hunger of a desire to eat?

Emotional eating… yep I used to do that all of the time.
Since starting “No S” I have lessened the “episodes”, but I still have some.

This happens to me when:

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No one is around and that treat is ‘talking to me” I know it is not hunger. But sometimes the voice in my head is so strong. It is so hard to ignore. Sometimes I choose to ignore it, other times I choose to have the treat. I usually rush to eat it and feel guilty afterwards.

Since starting “No S” I have been able to fight the weekly voice. There are tough times but so far I have pushed through it. Every now and then I feel depressed and think “I wish I could just have some.”

emoticon
The same thing happens on ‘S” days. I know I am “allowed” to snack. I know I am “allowed” to have treats. But I want to try to limit them to stop my yo-yo cycle. When I choose to eat them it is emotional eating. I give in to the emotional desire to eat it. I know I can hold up that “Is this hunger of a desire to eat?” sign and confidentially say it is desire. Will it stop me? Hmmm… I will give it a shot this weekend.

Last weekend was better as far as treats but the scale still went up. I am still trying to get it back to where it was before last Saturday. I know from FWTS there are other factors to look at too. That keeps me positive.

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I choose to stop the yo-yo cycle I have been having the past few weeks. I have heard that over time “S” days are easier to deal with. I am still new at this so I choose to (not have to) give it time. “Of course I want to lose weight!”

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