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42goingon20
08-27-2012, 11:45 PM
I am looking for strategies to deal with emotional eating.....would love any insight or ways that you cope with it. The good news is that I recognize that I do it, but still have trouble getting a handle on it.


thanks!


seabiscuit
08-28-2012, 02:26 AM
Hi!

I too am an emotional eater. I think what has helped me is to try and realize what I am putting into my body and ask myself if it is harming me or not, for example being aware of overeating during a mini binge and then stopping it.

Perhaps you can try and ask yourself: Am I truly hungry or do I need something else instead (like talking to a friend, taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk, etc)

What are some coping skills you can use to help you out?

Here is a list of coping techniques I came across:

-exercise

-listening to music

-breathing exercises

-meditation

-stretching

-talking out problems

-taking a walk

-planning ahead

-organizing a task

-take a drive

-television

-movies

-read a book

-taking a nap

-changing the environment

-taking a vacation

-nutrition

-developing a positive attitude

-take a break

-creative visualization

-take a nice long bath

and a few of mine, -watch a funny movie and -color or doodle

I hope this helps!!!

Feel free to message me anytime!

LaurieDawn
08-28-2012, 10:05 AM
Wow! Great list, Seabiscuit! May I just second the exercise suggestion? I love to belt out emotional songs very loudly as I walk down the street. And I am much less likely to mindlessly eat after exercise.


42goingon20
08-31-2012, 05:11 PM
Thanks ladies for the suggestions!