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8/7/08 10:10 P

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Thanks Mica!
This is definitely one of my struggles.
Jan

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Thank you. Sound advice.

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8/4/08 1:28 P

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When you were a kid, how many times did your parents soothe your tears or anger with a cookie or reward you for finishing your dinner with a dessert? Possibly more often than they'd like to admit. It's this emotional attachment to stimulants like sweets that makes them seem comforting to us. But now that you're all grown up, it's time to resist the idea that food can comfort you and find other ways to cope.
What's so bad about finding comfort in food? Well, research has shown that it can really hamper your attempts to lose weight and get healthy. In a study published last year, researchers at the Miriam Hospital's Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center in Rhode Island analyzed the results of two weight-loss trials to see how weight loss and maintenance were affected by emotional eating. They found that participants who reported eating in response to internal cues (thoughts and emotions) had a harder time losing weight and maintaining their weight loss compared with people who reported occasionally eating in reaction to external cues (such as at cocktail parties or other social events).

Emotional eating can sometimes be hard to recognize because it may feel like you're truly hungry. But you have to bear in mind that you aren't especially if you've eaten within the past few hours. If you can become conscious of what you're doing, then you can get on the right track and establish healthier eating patterns. A way to pinpoint emotional eating is to keep a food journal. Each time you eat, write down what you ate and how you felt before and after. Do this for a while and you'll no doubt start to see patterns. Looking back at your food journal can help you break the vicious cycle and avoid the guilt that usually comes after you stuff yourself.

Keeping a food journal will also help you with another common problem: eating mindlessly. Maybe you "graze" as you're sitting at your computer at work, or maybe you munch while watching TV, losing track of how many calories you're consuming. Boredom, stress, anxiety, or even pleasure can all lead you to mindless eating. But if you make yourself aware of the problem, then you can fix it. When you learn to recognize emotional hunger, the next step is to think of some healthier ways to fulfill it. My suggestion is to go work out it's the ultimate natural mood enhancer. Physical exercise helps reduce stress and keeps you feeling balanced so you'll feel less prone to emotional eating. You'll see it pay off in weight loss too. If what you really need is a little validation or support, reach out to your social network. Call a close friend, or hop on the Boards. Your teammates are always there to help cheer you up or motivate you!

Healthy eating is all about keeping things in moderation, so I want you to realize you don't have to give up all the foods you enjoy. But I do want to you make sure you're not eating those foods for emotional reasons, because I don't want to see you sabotage your efforts to get healthy. You're doing so great in this weight-loss game so far so it's up to you to make conscious choices and take control of how much and how often you eat!



-Mica

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