Emotional Eating

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I posted this on Instagram and Facebook Monday eve with these words of wisdom, 🙂 , :

‪#‎ThoughtForTheDay‬ – WE ALL MESS UP AT TIMES WITH OUR JOB, FOOD, EXERCISE & JUST LIFE. It’s not something that needs to deter us. Don’t even wait for tomorrow. This is a message I’ve said for many years.

No need to wait until Monday or tomorrow to start or resume anything. As it says, stop, ‪#‎Breathe‬ , move on & forward. ♡♡♡

 

I have written a lot about emotional eating over the years. As I mentioned above, I always tell people there is no starting day or even hour!

I think people get caught up in the ” I have to start this day or at the beginning of a week or a certain month or for summer” or whatever it is that they plant in their mind. THIS HOLDS YOU BACK!

People also tend to negative self talk as we all know – I doubt not one of us has not said – “Crap, I screwed up so I might as well just give up” at some point in their life. I did when I was very young but once I hit my 20’s, as much as I had the negative self talk going on (which was a prob for me well into my 40’s & I still battle at times), I never did that in terms of giving up on my healthy lifestyle just because I messed up on my food or exercise program. Others call the food a “diet”. I never did because it makes people think they can go on something & then off. For me it was always just my food that I eat each day.

There are many ways to combat emotional eating. I think we may have to find our own best way. Some go to counseling, try biofeedback or even being hypnotized to help them.

I could write out a list of the ways I combat emotional eating and believe me, it is still a battle for me after all these years. THE BIGGEST HELP FOR ME PERSONALLY ARE THESE 2 STEPS BELOW TO COMBAT EMOTIONAL EATING. Again – this is what works for me:

1. Any time I am headed to the kitchen OR ANY FOOD NEARBY because I am upset or depressed or any of the emotional battles I have, I always promise myself I will stop for 10 minutes to think about & work through the reasons I want to emotional eat. After 10 minutes, I sit 5 more minutes to digest it. 99% of the time, I don’t eat. If I do – I ACCEPT IT, OWN IT AND MOVE ON! 🙂

 

2. This one has really helped me. If it is a job or a boss or a mean person I know or don’t know or some random BS comment made by a person out somewhere or even a family member (we all know there is sabotage even in families!) – THIS IS WHAT I SAY TO MYSELF:

“I have worked so hard to get where I am today. Do I really want that boss or person or situation or family member to mess with me and my life & all I have accomplished to date? Are they really worth that? NOPE – I am going to show them who’s boss & who is the better person! I take the high road! I will NOT let anyone or anything make me ruin all the hard work I have put in for this healthy body & mind!”

YES, some of you may only be a few days or weeks or months in BUT that is still progress!

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AND FOR THOSE KNOCKING OTHERS STOP!

 

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SO THOSE ARE JUST 2 OF MY WAYS TO COMBAT EMOTIONAL EATING. LEAVE A COMMENT ON YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO COMBAT IT TO HELP OTHERS!

23 Comments


  1. Great tips. It really is helpful to slow down and think about it before slipping into unhealthy habits.

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    1. Thx Debbie – yes, I had to learn not to just let emotion fuel me. 🙂

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  2. Great words of wisdom Jody! I feel like letting a rude/insensitive comment ruin your day is giving away your power. The crap people say is a reflection of their own inner demons. I know this is hard to accept in the moments after a harsh comment, but it’s so true.

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    1. Thx Marcia! Yes, I agree about giving away your power to the other side.. 🙂 And yes, it is them!

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    1. Thx Pamela – yes it does even after many many years. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for reminding us that you can re-start right away. Sometimes that little screw-up seems so big at the time, that you fail to remember all the success you had before….the day before, the week before, the hour before. My new mantra, as I have slipped a bit these last few months is….’stay the course…’ All these tips help. Stop and breathe will be in my mental lexicon now.Thanks!

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    1. I am so glad this helped Cathy! I think people always feel it needs to be long term success but every day we make it thru is a victory! 🙂 Stop & breathe is a great one!

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  4. This is fine! Sometimes I feel that having some go-to filling low calorie food available at these times will be helpful. Practical, but doesn’t address the cause, but minimizes the damage.

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    1. I agree Dr. J. Alomost put that in the post because it does help to stop, think & then make a better choice – maybe not perfect but better.. 🙂

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  5. I love that quote Jody. That’s such great perspective. I know that I fall into that trap from time to time – thinking that I’ve totally blown it if I make a mistake. But you’re right, I can always restart my day!

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    1. Thx Christine! We all fall into it at some point but the key is t not stay there. 🙂

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    1. I know you are Abby & I hope this helps!

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  6. Allowing time to think and feel what’s really the intent behind that emotion has helped me! Love that 10 minute rule. Yes!

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    1. Me too Lindsay!!!! Thank you!!!!

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  7. No emotional eating here. I just eat the same all the time, regardless of my mood. Then again, I am typically really happy, so maybe I do emotionally eat and I just don’t know about it? LOL

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    1. You are too much GiGi!!!! 🙂

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