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Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts

15 Ways to Turn Off Your Emotions without Turning to Food

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MARYJAY321

2/18/2014 10:05:56 AM

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82% of the population are emotional eaters. That's you, me and just about everyone. I think to move forward, we keep trying. But, break it down into daily accomplishments. If we can get past an hour. Get through the morning. Or afternoon. I think we think it has to be "all or nothing" and that is defeatist. Also, when we eat because of emotion or mindless, we aren't eating chicken. We are eating carbs. Sugar. Fats. so if or when we have to eat, try carrot sticks. I will never overeat on carrot sticks. But someone told me one time, that if you are craving something, have a little of it and be done and do it consciously...have that chocolate cake, limit yourself to one piece and eat it slowly that way you won't have the guilt. You acknowledged it and you satisfied your craving and then you can move on. I could eat a bag of carrots, but if I'm in a chocolate mood, I will still keep thinking about it until I have some. Sometimes, I am not emotional, but it is the taste that I am after and I don't have to eat a whole cake, to satisfy my taste buds and my mind. so really, you are NOT alone at all.

MSBOOTCAMP

2/9/2014 10:28:38 AM

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How about FEAR? How about anxiety over not having life's basics yet living in the world's richest country? Or maybe it's just people I know.

DIANNEMT

1/30/2014 10:03:39 AM

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I read this, I KNOW this stuff--and I still do it. Sigh

GINGERGRAPE

1/28/2014 1:59:32 PM

The suggestions on page 3 of this post are invaluable. Thank you.

WISHWONKWII

9/27/2013 4:07:46 AM

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Every thing I read and watch tells me I'm an emotional eater. But I eat after the stress has passed. If I'm anxious or upset I can't even see food or I gag. Does anyone else have this problem? I' m the person that just kept gaining weight and every time people would see me I was bigger. I almost never eat during the day mostly because I have an extraordinarily stressful life. In the past few days a a new member of this site I've been tracking my food. I allowed myself wiggle room just to I could really face what's going on. I was shocked to see I take in 80 percent of my calories as snacks at night. I mean 1,000 calories plus! Geeze I m glad I see it now. But I really want to understand it. I do not have a healthy relationship with food. But I'm getting better and stronger every day :)

MOONS1918

9/12/2013 1:04:37 PM

ok these r great ideas but wat do u do wen there is noone 2 workout with and u just cant get excited bout workn out all alone and lookn stupid cuz ur fat.....ive tryed writing letters 2 friends but they cant really help cuz they live states away from me.......i live n a town where there is litterally nothing 2 do except eat unless u kno ppl, which i dont.....i hav 1 aquantance but she got 2 kids and really not a reliable person......im not good at tlkn 2 new ppl......i want 2 do a fun activity 4 excersize so i wont hate it but i dont kno wat 2 do.....i love 2 swim but im to broke 2 pay 2 swim and the lakes and ponds n this area r toxic, literally......

KYLIECAT1

7/12/2013 8:00:34 AM

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When I am in Normal Mode I have the will power of a drill Sargent but when I feel sad ,angry or tired I eat EVERYTHING not because it tastes good or because im tempted just because I want comfort , I hope this article helps me

IKACEY

4/26/2013 2:24:55 AM

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Great suggestions as far as it went. But what about when you just want something that tastes pleasurable to eat? And what about addressing the emotional problems that also cause overeating? How does one turn off those?

SHARBEAR100

4/24/2013 6:12:40 PM

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Good article, but those M&Ms shown in the picture do not get eaten for emotional reasons with me, just because they're there is reason enough! And one bite, and I can't stop!

ALLIBEAR77

4/24/2013 11:39:32 AM

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Boredom is the biggest one for me. I have always looked to food for entertainment. Going out for dinner with friends, reading at the coffee shop, having a drink or dessert as a special treat (is it still special when it happens almost every day? lol)

AALLEY2

4/24/2013 9:34:12 AM

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Great ideas! I have tried em all and they work! It is especially hard for me when family members need help financially &I am unable to help them. I have to ask myself every day (if it is't meal time) "why do I want to stuff my face?"
It sure doesn't hurt to read articles like this one. Thanks!

AALLEY2

4/24/2013 9:29:43 AM

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Great ideas! I have tried em all and they work! It is especially hard for me when family members need help financially &I am unable to help them. I have to ask myself every day (if it is't meal time) "why do I want to stuff my face?"
It sure doesn't hurt to read articles like this one. Thanks!

JENNAAW

4/24/2013 8:11:02 AM

Sadly, overeating is like a strong antidepressant drug to me. It is as close as I get to medicating for emotional downs. I would guess 80 percent of my problem eating is due to emotional eating.

MISSVOLUPTUOUS

4/24/2013 6:56:59 AM

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Great article. I'm a classic emotional eater and have come to really regret it.

PAGANMUDSLIDE

2/4/2013 1:36:52 PM

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Great article, I totally needed this. I realize that when I often have cravings, it is not that food I am craving so much as the feeling or emotion it brings me. I'm gonna work on that.

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