Overcoming emotional over eating can difficult. A lot of us daily fight the battle of the bulge. However, it seems like many of us are winning. I loss about 100 pounds and gained back 25 but I am still happy with my progress. It is important that we begin to closely look at ourselves at we mature, not get older, and a lot of those bad eating habits that we have obtained over the last several years of our life.
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I have just noticed a couple of really bad habits and I want to share the top ten with you this Friday.
- Eating after 7:00 p.m.
- Excessive intake of carbonated drinks.
- Binge-Eating when on an emotional roller-coaster.
- Carbohydrate Craving; hiding chips in the bedroom drawers.
- Purchasing small refrigerators for the bedroom.
- Buying over-sized clothes to hide the bulges,
- Choosign friends that are all over-eaters and size 16+.
- Failing to follow-up regular with your primary care doctor after he tells you that you are “borderline diabetic.”
- Purchasing a lot of processed food.
- Not drinking the daily required 8 glasses of water.
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How to Stop Emotional Eating
Identifying emotional eating triggers and bad eating habits is the first step; however, this alone is not sufficient to alter eating behavior. Usually, by the time you have identified a pattern, eating in response to emotions or certain situations has become a habit. Now you have to break that habit.
- Developing alternatives to eating is the second step. When you start to reach for food in response to an eating trigger, try one of the following activities instead.
- Read a good book or magazine or listen to music.
- Go for a walk or jog.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Do deep breathing exercises.
- Play cards or a board game.
- Talk to a friend.
- Do housework, laundry, or yard work.
- Wash the car.
- Write a letter.
- Or do any other pleasurable or necessary activity until the urge to eat passes.