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9/18/13 2:15 P

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Leslie well put " I would stubbornly look for the real problem and use anxiety tools to overcome it. Can I change this? How? If not let it go. Nothing is worth me losing my good health." I realize that I have been trying to not overeat and I hadn't really thought about defining the anxiety tools I have and then clearly telling myself which one to use for an immediate situation. I have found that if I exercise each day the emotional overeating is easier to manage.

But I find that the UNCONTROLLED eating is a problem. I get hungry and then I want to eat something and it isn't usually celery or broccoli that I am looking for. I have been working on a mantra of "I want something sweet, where is the fruit?" when ever I start to crave something sweet. It has been helping, and I keep a variety of easy to eat fruit in the refrigerator. However I have not found a good substitute for the pasta, spaghetti and meatballs, or lasagna craving that rises up like the Loch Ness Monster.

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9/18/13 2:08 P

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Leslie, I never thought about it that way, but checking off my food plan throughout the day DOES trigger my competitive nature. I get a Win every day.

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9/18/13 10:04 A

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This is good. I often want to eat when things happen, like now that I am not exercising for a couple of days because I have a bad cold and think it may leave faster if I rest, I want to nibble for entertainment. Clearly an emotional trigger. Bored. Headache. Yeah food will help. I can fix this one by planning my food day. Once it is written down my competitive nature wants to follow the plan. We are having some family stuff happening as well and I had to help with the granddaughter last night which included homework. I wanted to feed the frustration too, and resolved it by changing my location in the house. I have not had a serious binge for years because I don't allow it to distract me from my Real problem? The way it used to work for me was the problem would arise, like the frustration with the granddaughter not wanting to do her homework, I would begin eating something less than ideal. Usually sugar and salt and fat things. Then my problem would be "I am such a pig" and that is easy to fix go on a diet tomorrow, when in reality the problem was the other frustration that I have no control over. I resolved that little feedback loop by not yelling at myself when I over ate. I would stubbornly look for the real problem and use anxiety tools to overcome it. Can I change this? How? If not let it go. Nothing is worth me losing my good health.

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9/13/13 3:06 P

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Something I just learned a last spring is that Emotional Eating is not necessarily the same as Uncontrolled Eating, or bingeing. Here's the blog I wrote about it at the time:

"Earlier today I posted a status that it seemed like emotional eaters start eating for non physical reasons, and uncontrolled eaters keep eating for non physical reasons. That's not entirely the case. I was able to track down a three factor questionnaire (De Lauzon et al. 2004) and the difference was more about emotional eaters eating to sooth, while uncontrolled eaters confound hunger with appetite, craving, and other stuff we don't necessarily have a single word for. In that arena, today I learned Finnish lacks a word meaning "dislike".

I excitedly explained this to my husband and he said "But I like sweet and salty fatty foods." That's probably the case for a lot of people who struggle with obesity. My guess is that different behavioral skill sets would deal with the two. Emotional eating would call for emotional regulation and finding other ways of coping besides food, while uncontrolled eating (bingeing) would call for cognitive behavioral change along the lines of understanding different cues to eat. "


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