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Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good

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  • Great article I will try some of these tactics
  • The only thing that has ever worked for me is being lazy. When "the Beast' starts to rise, I try to get comfortable in my reading chair and make myself feel "in a minute". I'll go get something to eat in a minute or two. That's how I stopped smoking.
    I have really started identifying how stress or other emotional episodes trigger my desire for food. When I read "-maybe you just get bored, or start feeling a little anxious because there is nothing going on to distract you from that vague sense of impending doom that always seems to be lurking just under the surface" I just about cried. That is so descriptive and puts into words something I never really could. And if someone else wrote this, that means I am not the only person who feels this way. Thanks for this article, really, thank you.
  • Thanks for the info
  • If we didnt' depend on food so much then her wouldn't be heavy like we are... Lots go on in peoples lives and this is how some of us deal
  • We learn to use food to subdue our emotions. We can UNlearn the behavior.

    We just had to put our dog down. I have been told numerous variations of:

    you need a drink
    you need some ice cream
    you need chocolate
    you need _____ (fill in the blank with something to consume)
    "The key here is to keep in mind that what your Beast really wants isn’t food, but emotional comfort."
    Not true. Often, I just want the food. When a skinny person has a taste for a cookie, and has one, because, well, why not, do you think they are looking for emotional comfort? Sometimes, often, it is just about the food - because it tastes good.
  • Like any addiction, you are never "cured". The 12 Step programs say that we are give a daily reprieve from compulsion based on our spiritual condition.
  • Something to think about!
    You may learn to control overeating for awhile, even a few years now and then, but, like any other addiction, it comes out to grab you, often when you think you are doing just fine. Eliminating certain foods might seem to work, but the need for them will pop up again during your lifetime. We miss a certain satisfaction we get from overeating, and it's stronger than any other romance. That's why people go off and on diets, it's not that we don't know we shouldn't do it..... and nagging makes it worse.

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