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Emotional Eating....

I'm new and looking for some help with my emotions-- what alternatives to food have you found helpful??

Thu. Jun 15, 11:38am

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when i feel an "emotional eating" episode coming on, i write down the things i would like to eat-listing things that i may not even be able to eat, like wheat products-. sometimes, i put together, on paper, an ideal menu for whatever occassion...thinking about and writing about the foods i want to eat, and then reading the lists over again and deciding what the nutritional benefits of each item are takes away the urge to actually indulge (most of the time). other times, i read a cook book or go to the market with no money. this also seems to help. good luck!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 11:47 AM

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There is a team called Emotional Eaters Unite, if you would like to join.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 12:08 PM

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I use to be a emotional eater but with the help of everyone here I'm proud to say I'm not. I think before I eat now. Alot of times I wasn't hungry so I would drink a glass of water or go for a short walk. Ask yourself next time you want to put that cookie in your mouth: Do I really need it, if I eat one can I stop there or am I going to eat the whole bag.

Good luck on your long journey.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 1:21 PM

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I run. That is keeping me more emotionally stable than anything else. So it's not so much that I substitute the emotional eating, but I rarely even get that emotional where i want to do something to make me feel better.

If Running isn't for you, I'd try something that really really pushes your cardio respiratory system HARD. I mean, I get my heart rate near my max for a while, and it feels SO good when I'm done.

If however, you find that you feel drained, and not envigorated, then maybe try yoga.

It is good to find out how to substitute or change emotional eating, but I think it's better, and possible instead to change the trigger, and not the response- being less emotional IS possible, and personally, as a woman, I find it liberating.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 2:14 PM

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take up knitting

do some dishes or cleaning... vaccume

give yourself a pedicure...

if you have a kiddo - go give them a hug and have a tickle or pillow fight or wrestle fest- spouses may be into this as well...

come on peertrainer and log your feelings and or look through lounge comments section

drink some water and make sure you are not really hungry.

think about what you are trying to avoid and just face it head on.

polish some shoes...

clean out your toothbrush holder (those auto ones can get really gross quick cause you just can't see the buildup until you take it apart)

wipe off all the switchplates in the house...

sort laundry, dirty or clean

and if the dirty laundry doesn't quell your appetiet, maybe taking a good whiff of garbage might... just thought of that, never done it on purpose myself though.

oh and brush your teeth so nothing will taste good or like it would if you were just going to go and eat. (you would then have a clean toothbrush holder..) :D

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 2:44 PM

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