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Emotional Eating Woes

I'll wreck the weight loss of the previous week, by eating the wrong (but satisfying) foods to augment negative emotions, like sadness or inner lonliness (and yes, I'm married!) I know in my head what I'm doing when I sit there with a huge packet of crisps and start to plow my way through it to the end, but I seem to be frozen in a cube of helplesness, and then feel stupid and guilty (and unsatisfied) when the packet is empty.
Any suggestions?

Tue. Jul 17, 6:43am

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emotional eating

I can be the same way. For me it was helpful to prepare my tempting snacks into individual servings so atleast if I grabbed something it wouldn't be a terrible amount. Another thing is to try and get yourself up and so something else with that time, call a friend, go for a walk, do some stretches, journal, do anything that will help lift your spirits. Even with all of that I feel there will still be emotional times in which we make mistakes. We need to except that it's just that,a mistake, forgive ourselves and move on and focus on the positive!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 6:53 AM

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I have a suggestion. I used to do the same. What stops me now is saying to myself - this bag of chips (or crisps as you would say in GB) will not make me feel better. the only good feeling lasts while you are eating them then you are numb. do something that WILL make youe feel better. write on PT or whatever. get over the first impulse and it will be easier. then think about how GOOD it felt not to have given in to that bag of chips. this feeling last longer and can help you in weak moments. godd luck. once you get past 21 days of not giving in, it will be easy as pie!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:15 AM

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have healthysnacks prepared. clean out your cupboards. avoid the junk food aisles. if its not in the house you can't reach for it. I live in the uk and when those late night urges hit all the stores are closed.
those sound like simple things, but its baby steps that help us make it to where we want to be.
you can do this for you. also a quote a friend gave me. nothing taste as good as thin feels. and its true that fix is just temporray. the emotional problem will still be there.

you said your married. turn to your husband., talk to him. share a movie, eat some air popped popcorn and cuddle. small things that mean more than that bag of crisps ever could.
enjoy life.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:25 AM

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