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I am an emotional eater. I'm discovering that when I have an immediate urge to eat junk food or sweets..not out of hunger but emotional driven desire to stuff my emotions down...if I take a moment and ask myself why....and ask myself what is bothering me...then I think about my goals...the want to grab junk food is gone in a few minutes....I can think myself out of an eating binge. Sometimes I have to think my way out two or three times a day but each time it gets easier to not cross that line.
As an emotional eater, I realized that my go-to food was any kind of sweet. I found that I could fulfill that urge with a "healthy sweet" like a few frozen grapes or some orange slices to satisfy my craving at the same time as analyzing why I was emotional. Less calories, more emotional awareness!
When we overeat, it is rarely because we are hungry. Instead, we eat to fulfill some other need. Maybe you eat out of boredom or stress, or to comfort yourself... whatever the reason, you are not eating excessive amounts because "the" body needs it... you are over eating because your emotional self does.
Next time you feel the desire to overeat, ask yourself, "What is best for THE body?"
Sometimes changing your mindset is the most important habit :)
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