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EMOTIONAL EATING

August 20, 2013 3 min read

So as my first post, I thought this would be a good topic to start with. Many of us suffer from this, so I thought I would take a stab at writing about it. There will be more to come on this topic, I am sure.

Something many of us deal with on a daily basis is emotional eating. We eat when we are happy or when we are sad. We either eat more or less depending on the individual, which neither is healthy. If you are not eating because of certain emotions, your body will not receive the nutrients it needs to survive and you will feel many side effects for this. The same holds true for those who over eat because of their emotions. They will feed their bodies things it does not need and will put on weight. For most this will make a person either more depressed and eat more, or it will cause them to eat less to lose the weight, but they may starve themselves, which is no good. You can exercise and think that will make up for the emotional OVER eating, but it doesn't, which I know first hand. You can not OUT exercise a bad diet. Emotional eating is hard to overcome. I am still struggling with it. Every time I start to feel down, or there is a dramatic change in my life I eat. I try not to, but it gets the best of me.

For me and others, food is a comforting thing to them. It taste good and makes you feel better at the time. However, if you are anything like me, you start to feel guilty about it. Think about why you eat certain things, and note how you are feeling when you eat those certain things. Are you happy, sad, stressed, etc? Once you have analyzed the reason behind the eating, you can start to work towards fixing the problem, or as I prefer to call it, the habit.

This habit is one that is hard to break, believe me I know. I go on a roller coaster where I eat things I shouldn't when I am feeling down or stressed about things. There is also the issue of eating late at night, which I have been doing poorly with. My new job has me getting home at 9:30 pm. I eat at work, but when I get home I am hungry again. It is even worse when my boyfriend has dinner made when I get home. He is such a great cook, how could I turn his dinner down?! That is when the discipline needs to kick in, but half the time it doesn't.

So what are some ways we can all over come this and get better with this habit? Anyone have some ideas they would like to share on how they overcame this? I have been working hard to fight it, I was doing so well until I started working my current position. Anyone work 2nd shift have advice on how to eat on a normal schedule despite working a weird shift? Knowledge is power and would love to learn from all of you. In the mean time, I will look up some articles to see what I can find. Maybe that will be the next post. :)


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