Secrets of Success

Overcoming Emotional Issues



The anonymity of SparkPeople has freed me to identify deep issues that were obstacles to getting healthy. As I read stories of members, I frequently find a link to myself. It is through my responses to these members through blog postings that I have found the freedom to explore my own issues.

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    Hang in there! I am an emotional eater too. No matter what the emotion - happy, sad, mad, glad, depressed, bored, busy - I get the snack attacks. I think it comes, sometimes, from a place of being dissatisfied with where I am, what I'm doing with my time, my life; where I'm headed, and more importantly, with my size, my overweight looks and features. I have realised that I am no better off than an alcoholic. I have started adopting a principle of the AA - JUST FOR TODAY. Just for today, I will exercise, track my food, stay focused. It's been five days now. My weigh-in today does not reflect my efforts, but I'm still feeling alright about it. I can stay focused for just another day. Today. - by TANNIEBUFF
  • Today I ate and ate. I just lost a total fo 6 pounds in four weeks which made me very happy. But should I continue to eat (emotional eating is my problem) like I did today I will gain it back this week. Tomorrow I vow to do much, much better. Sometimes I don't know what it is at the root of eating emotions. Am going to be asking my mental health counselor if he can give me any help along those lines. I know I suffer with depression and bipolar but I'm not sure that is the root of my problems for eating. Today I craved something crunchy and ate a 4-serving bag of Cracker Jacks. What a stupid thing to do!!!! If anyone has any ideas that would be helpful to me, please do let me hear from you.
    Juanita emoticon - by JUANITAGUERNSEY

    I've had eating issues all of my life, even though I have had some extended periods of healthy weight and fitness, I am now working my way back. For me, awareness is the start of changing an unhealthy behavior...and sometimes that's it...that's all that I need to implement behavior change.

    But sometimes there is a root cause that needs to be dug up and exposed to air so it can shrivel up...just like any old weed root. I recently dug up the root of my ice cream craving and it's a miracle. Ice cream no longer has an emotional hold on me. I am so thankful. Yea!!!! - by GR8FLGRDNR
  • Interesting discussion. I am becoming aware that I am a multi-purpose eater. Let me explain. Sometimes I am an emotional eater. Sometimes I am a physical eater...what I mean is I actually eat because I am hungry. Sometimes I am a mental eater...I get this thot in my mind of a particular food and my thinking won't stop until I eat the darn thing. Sometimes I think that I am even a "spiritual eater". What I mean is something is missing in my spirit, so I eat! I know it doesn't make sense. One can't fill a spiritual void/hole with physical food, but I continue to try. So, what I am saying is I need to be aware of any and all bogus reasons for consuming food...oh I left one a youth I became a lifetime member of the clean-your-plate-club. How dumb is that one???
    emoticon - by BILL_CLECKNER
  • This is so true. I have talked about things that I would not openly discuss otherwise. It is a great way to vent frustrations as well as accomplishments. - by CTTAGENT
  • I feel the same way. I have also lost 6 pounds and I felt really great about it. even telling people about it. I don't know what triggered the emotional eating follow up. I feel like i have to start over everyday and don't always make it. emoticon - by ZINNIAFLOWER1

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