I very rarely post here, but I am at my wits' end. I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am stressed, bored, sad, frustrated, etc.... Before I emotionally eat I am well aware that my food cravings are due to emotional hunger, not physical hunger. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to finding the solution. Well, I admitted the problem years ago, but I still haven't found a solution. Don't get me wrong; I don't give in to the cravings every time that I have one. I don't keep "junk" food in my house. I generally don't eat what most would consider "junk" food anyway. I read all food labels. I watch my sodium. I try to eat only grass-fed/grass-finished beef, free-range chicken, and otherwise gmo-free products. I figured that not having "junk" food or excess super yummy healthyish food readily available would solve my problem (you would be surprised how many yummy deserts can be made in a green and ethical way). However, it never occurred to me that having a driver's license almost totally cancels out not having certain foods in the house. Sometimes I am able to practice my yoga breathing and "zen" my way out of jumping in my car to go and purchase the delectable treat that has entered my brain. Many times I am not. At the times when I am getting ready to grab my keys and jump into my car at 10 p.m. at night, I often wish I had a sponsor akin to what alcoholics get when they are in AA; a person to call, email, etc....when I feel inclined to eat more food than my body needs to function at an optimal level.
Does such a thing exist? If so, where can I sign up? I am just soooooooo tired of the roller coaster. I know that I won't be able to seriously lose weight and keep it off until I find away to get the emotional eating under control. I know that it will be impossible to never feel stressed or frustrated again in my life so I need to figure out how to deal with those emotions without turning to food. HELP!!!!!!!!!
Mrs Snark is right on - OA is an awesome resource.
Have you ever tried planning your day before it starts? I used to abstain from eating almost all day, then crash and eat something and eat and eat because I wasn't balancing my diet.
Once I sat down and wrote (I actually type it)
then I was able to play around with my numbers to make sure I was getting a good number of calories and adequate nutrition. I found that the binging behavior stopped all together because I gave myself a real concrete plan of what I was going to eat, not only what I wasn't going to eat.
Thanks for the support and the suggestions!!! I have done the writing out everything I eat with my fitnesspal. It became ultra time consuming and I got obsessive with it. I am most likely undiagnosed OCD. I should start doing it again though, because when I was sticking to it, it worked to keep me in check.
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