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Christine-LDN wickless
05-15-2012, 09:57 AM
I'm really bad at emotional eating.

Any suggestions on how to overcome this? x

Jeannie Zavala
05-15-2012, 12:36 PM
I'm really bad at emotional eating.

Any suggestions on how to overcome this? x

I was too! I'm a junky. I loved eating chips, chocolate, ice cream, candies and basically anything sweet. My husband was trained in the police academy that everything is mind over matter and helped me how to control my eating habits and focus on the positives. Every time I get in that mood I think of how hard I worked to stop and I'm not going to throw it away because I can't control myself so I find other things to occupy myself with instead of eating. It won't happen overnight but it can definitely be done if you set your mind to it :)

05-15-2012, 08:00 PM
takes times to obtain! much practice, for sure! Hang in there! You are not alone!

05-16-2012, 06:36 AM
YES! I am an emotional eater too! Guess what I eat now when I get the urge?? SPINACH! Yup! I have learned to love it and I eat spinach like other people eat chips!

05-22-2012, 07:55 PM
I was an emotional eater after my marriage breakup for a number of years. I found it useful to identify what my triggers were (stress, loneliness etc) and when you get the urge to eat recognise what the trigger was and replace it with something positive, it could be anything from making a cup of tea to doing some exercise. It does take several weeks to break a habit so if you can stick at your new routine for a few weeks you will break your emotional eating. Good luck :)

05-24-2012, 07:30 AM
I find it works best for me if I have set eating times, keep myself busy and avoid buying foods that are too tasty.

05-24-2012, 07:38 AM
In my experience, any action that is taken to comfort or subdue emotions (eating, sex, drugs, theft, cleaning....anything at all) can be treated with the 12 recovery steps that they use in Alcoholics Anonymous. I am not in any way implying that you are an alcoholic or addict or anything of the sort, nor am I suggesting entering a treatment program. But I used to partake in certain actions that were because of emotional stuff, and someone made this suggestion to me. So I got the 12 steps, just the 12 steps, the full book was way too much information that didn't apply to me. And I began reciting and applying them to my habit. I in turn suggested it to a friend who was determined to quit smoking, and she quit! Worth a shot :)

Samantha Parent

06-06-2012, 01:39 PM
Write down everything you are about to eat. Indicate the moods you are feeling. You will draw patterns. Then break the patterns! You will see that your personal reflections will enhance your mood. Take control.:cool:

06-07-2012, 09:33 AM
Get rid of all of the junk food and other bad foods in your house so that way you won't have access to them.

Also do what is called self-counseling. Write down what you are feeling and try to get down to the bottom of it. Then write down foods you want at that moment. Then you can brainstorm activities to do when you are feeling certain emotions and train yourself to do them. For instance, if you are feeling sad and you wrote down every time you are feeling sad go take a walk or dance then you do that activity.IF you are angry, then write a poem or letter. (just examples) Does that make sense? You are substituting behaviors.

Hope that helps!

Jayme Huffines
06-07-2012, 12:16 PM
First, get the junk food out of the house, just don't buy it period! And second, never "reward" yourself with food, you are not a dog! Also what has truly helped me over the years and going from eating whatever I wanted while pregnant to dropping the baby weight and getting back in shape was to just replace the "bad" with tasty healthy options. For instance, keep dates, mangos, other sweet fruit around when you are craving something "sweet". Also keep lots of veggies and nuts around for snacking and go to these instead of chips and crackers.

Also, exercising is huge....it makes you feel great and makes you not want to put the bad stuff in your body! Take responsibility, you are the only one that can do it...it is really just a habit that you can break in about a week or so :)

06-14-2012, 11:15 AM
I have been an emotional eater as well. And, what has helped me is really asking myself "am I hungry now, or am I eating for another reason?" Being in touch with why I was eating & what I'm feeling has helped a lot. Good for you for knowing this about yourself & doing something about it! Best wishes!

06-16-2012, 05:45 AM
I have many great tips for those of you that feel you are emotional eaters. Check out my site below, Inner Domination. One thing that is very easy to try out is a short mediation. Even just 5 mins will clear your mind and possibly remove that desire to eat for that moment. Even three deep, cleansing breaths can help. Contact me for a free consultation on eating and wellness! I can provide you with a few free resources for easy, short meditations.

07-14-2012, 01:21 AM
I am also guilty of being an emotional eater. And most of the times, I regret it because I know I wasn't hungry but I still ate. Now, whenever I am hungry I stay away from unhealthy foods but eating fruits.

08-12-2012, 08:36 AM
As strange as it sounds, all the habits that are hard to control, are tied to some past incidents in our life. When you bring them out & deal with them, you will be able to control or get rid of that habits, naturally & effortlessly. Do a google search for "instant self transformation". Down load the PDF report from wealth-to-alldotcom. It might help you.

08-26-2012, 06:20 PM
You need to go deep. Not only think of the immediate consequences, but keep asking “then what?” – until you get to the bottom of it. This will allow you to tap into the emotions that come*with the outcome. Ask yourself “then what?” at least 5 times, see where it takes you.
For example,*the*immediate goal maybe to lose 10 pounds.* Then what? I will be able to fit into those skinny jeans. Then what? I will feel good about myself. Then what? I will have the self-confidence to start dating again. In this example, the emotion that is tied to losing 10 pounds is regaining self-confidence.

Good luck!

08-26-2012, 10:23 PM
Replace food with something productive that you want to do, like lose weight. You feel compelled to eat, go run a couple miles and then you can eat. Plus running helps take away those bad emotions like anger and sadness.

09-04-2012, 12:52 PM
OMG I had the same problem. When I'm not on a diet I always eat something even when I"m full. What's wrong with me? :confused:

09-04-2012, 12:58 PM
Yes! Freedom from habitual sin: Overeating, Pornography, Smoking, Drinking (http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com) Under Online Courses there's one titled "Food Issues". An amazing approach.

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