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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How to combat emotional eating.

I'm an emotional eater. It's painfully obvious. The other night my ww leader was talking about emotional eating and she said, "some of you can't be let out of the house because you'll eat no matter what mood you're in!" It was scary to hear her say that because that's exactly how I am.

I eat when I'm happy.
I eat when I'm sad.
I eat when I'm mad.

There is really no emotion that has caused me not to eat. Planning our wedding just made things worse for me. I cannot believe that I didn't gain weight while being engaged!

The talk about emotional eating ran through my mind all day today. I woke up and felt good about the 1.5 loss from last night. I was happy with myself and I thought about going to starbucks to "celebrate," luckily my sanity stepped in and reminded me that a pumpkin spice latte isn't something I needed! I got a nonfat latte instead and saved myself some calories.

Then I went to the DMV after work to process my name change. After waiting over an hour, the clerk informed me that they could not change my name without more documents. (I checked the website and asked an employee what forms I needed but I was misled.) So I was irritated and annoyed. My first thought? FOOD. I immediately thought about eating! I had to talk myself out of the emotional eating again.

I know that this will be an endless battle for me. I've been overweight since high-school! (I'm 25 so that was awhile ago.) I just hope that I can make myself more aware of what triggers me to eat. (Besides being hungry! It's always okay to eat if I'm hungry!)

Do you deal with emotional eating? What helps you combat it?

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At September 9, 2009 at 11:23 PM , Blogger A xx said...

Hi Amanda,

My message is not one of advice, but of support... This is so me! I'm still trying to find a way of eating that gives me a happy healthy relationship with food.

I eat all the time, even when there's no obvious emotion triggering it!

I exercise a lot but I'm still a bit overweight - "fit fat" I like to call it.

I turn 25 in November and have been slightly overweight forever. My stomach disgusts me and it makes me sad that I can't have nice food around without totally going into binge mode.

*le sigh* that is the end of my rant! I just wanted to let you know you're not alone!

 
At September 10, 2009 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Glamorous Newlywed said...

The exact same thing happened to me at the DMV when I tried to change my name - twice! I took what they asked for the first time back with me the second time and then they told me that it was wrong too. I finally called and almost made some kid at the DMV cust. service cry... but got my name changed :)

Hang in there, you're definitely doing the right things with exercising and eating right!

 
At September 23, 2009 at 5:50 AM , OpenID seesaraheat said...

It sounds to me like you are catching on to some of your triggers. I find it interesting that you are 25. That is the age I was when I finally "snapped" and got my health back on track.

As far as emotional eating goes, just remember that you won't win every battle. But identifying what sets you off is a great thing because it will help you keep from doing it all the time. Little by little, those feelings will decrease. They might not completely go away but you will get better at fighting them.

I talk to myself constantly, which at first I thought was crazy but now realize just how normal it is. When I'm feeling emotional and want to eat (or hit the Starbucks drive through) I say things like "What's wrong? Are you hungry? Or just mad/sad/overly happy/bored/etc? You will feel bad/worse if you eat something to try and fix (or celebrate) this. Just breathe."

Hope that made sense. Best wishes Amanda :)

 

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