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3/7/19 3:38 A

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Yep - they ARE both part of 'emotional eating'

I love the idea of a cat stroller LOL!

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3/6/19 10:20 A

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Like the topic. Some the ideas are great. I like the idea of putting in healthier choices for when I'm bored. I bought a cat stroller so when the weather gets nicer I hope to take my kitty for walks. Figure its one way to fight the negative thoughts and also a fun way to get in some exercise.
I'd never thought of myself as an emotional eater as when I get depressed or have negative thoughts my appetite goes away. Yet I tend to eat when I'm bored. My therapist helped me to see that both are being an emotional eater.

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6/7/18 9:48 A

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In all the years I've tried, the one thing I've learned about my own emotional eating is that I cannot escape it entirely. The best coping mechanism that I have found is to swap out all of the "bad" snacks in my house with better options calorie and content-wise. I still end up eating when the emotion strikes, but the consequences are ones I can live with.

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4/30/18 9:21 A

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Thank you, I am just starting my program so I am still learning things and learning to navigate everything.

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4/30/18 9:19 A

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Thank you for the ideas. I will honestly try anything. I had a pretty good weekend. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I have been going out for walks when I feel pretty down.

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4/27/18 10:30 A

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Boredom very much is a form of emotional eating: Boredom is an emotion.

Since were using our computers at the moment, I recall a friend's comment years back before I got one: "If you have a computer, you can never be bored." Maybe you'll find that researching things that interest you will help. If it takes your mind off what's troubling it, so much the better.

Also years ago it occurred to me -- mainly from observing it -- that, when I'm feeling low, thinking just a tad less about myself and just a tad more about someone or something else gives me a significant lift. It's not always easy to do, but it's worth working on. There's something about engaging with people or things or myself in some productive way.

Because you're working to spend more time outdoors, you can try engaging with your surroundings -- paying attention to colors, smells, the activity going on around you. The more I take in, the healthier I feel. DwD has a thread waiting to hear about what we find "out there." In its early days people got descriptive. Posting your outdoor findings and responses might give you a lift. The title is "Walking...and what I found there."

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Hi,

I am an emotional eater too. After about 7 years on Sparkpeople I still struggle with emotional eating. A counselor is a good idea. He/She can work with you and help you to find your triggers and weaknesses. I always like to keep a journal. Writing it down helps so much for me. It helps to isolate my thought processes and keep track of my emotions and what brought them on. The food is not the problem, your emotional state of mind is where the problems form. Your eating is a conditioned response to the emotional stresses and boredom. So, keeping a journal/diary really helps me circumvent some of the emotional issues that I have to deal with. It helps keep me honest and connected. I hope that you find your solution. Everyone has their own tweaks to their program. I am sure that you will be successful and hopefully you will get more input from others as to what works for them. Sending you positive energy and emoticon Deb emoticon

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4/27/18 7:53 A

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Thank you!

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4/27/18 3:18 A

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It is really great that you are working with a Counselor on this.

Below are some links to SP articles which you may also find really helpful:
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Hopefully there is something in there which will resonate with you.

Good luck,
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SparkPeople has some awesome articles about dealing with emotional eating. You can find them by entering "emotional eating" in the search bar. That said, even though I've read MANY of them, I still struggle, so you are not alone.

Hopefully, others will come by with some new tips or strategies.

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I am seriously struggling with emotional eating right now. Everyday I get up and tell myself it's a new day and that I can do this and that I can do things other than eat as a self soother, but I always end up turning to food then I end up feeling even more guilty and depressed which then just causes me to go and eat more. How do you all deal with emotional eating? I track my food and drink intake each day, and even when I know I am blowing it I still track it. It was my hope that seeing how out of control I am with it would help me reign it in a little bit but it just makes me feel crappier and then I just start the viscous cycle all over.

I am working with a counselor which has helped a little bit, but not like what I hoped it would do. Now that it is getting nicer out, I have been trying to spend some time outdoors walking which helps a little bit. Maybe I have some bored eating in there too. I just feel like such a mess right now and I feel like I am failing miserably at this

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