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How do I stop emotional eating all the time?

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Last Updated: 09/21/2020 at 8:57am
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July 8th, 2019 8:38am
Since i deal with this same issue myself i have found these tips helpful for me 1. Drinking 2 glasses of water when you feel hunger or just want to eat something, it will let you know if the hunger you feel is real or emotional.. 2. Eat with complete concentration on your food without using any screens like tv mobile etc 3. Take small bites and enjoy every bite, bring your awareness to the texture, taste and the feeling you get when you eat your food. 4. Eat slowly and chew each bite 30 to 32 times 5. Leave eating as soon as you feel that you no longer feel that hunger stretch in your stomach anymore and save remaining food for the next time when youre hungry which in my case is after two to three hours. In short just being aware of how you feel and what youre eating will help you avoid going back to food every time youre stressed and even if you do go to food for comfort you wont eat as much as you now do
March 7th, 2015 12:55am
Emotional eating is very difficult to stop. We learn at a very young age to take comfort in food. Therefore it is only normal to turn to food to cope with our emotion. Before you eat ask yourself what you are feeling. If you are hunger than eat, if you are feeling an emotion than find a postive outlet for this emotion (such as exercise, art, talking to someone, etc). Sometimes it can be hard to disguish between hunger and emotion. If you aren't sure what you are feeling wait 20mins. If you still want food then eat a healthy snack.
March 14th, 2015 8:44pm
Try to pin point the reasons why you are eating, are you eating because things make you anxious, nervous, insecure, afraid, sad etc. Then deal with those thoughts, write them out and help resolve them, maybe you might need someone else to help or maybe not. Then once solved, you might not feel the need to eat or you at least have more control over your actions because of the rationale you came up with.
May 26th, 2015 2:47am
When you are feeling emotional, you have to find a way to distract yourself to prevent over eating. Do something fun, something you enjoy, you'll forget all about your problem for a bit and just enjoy your time.
June 9th, 2015 7:11am
Drinking water when you are emotional and want to eat all the time is the best way to stop. Water fills you up and so drenches your need for food. Sometimes though, eating emotionally is good for you.
June 29th, 2015 11:27pm
Pause for a second and think about why you want to eat. What are you feeling that makes you eat? Then I would wait at least 10 minutes for my emotions to pass.
July 2nd, 2015 5:49am
When you start to feel a craving stop and think. Do some different activities when you feel the craving and try and distract yourself. Hopefully the craving will stop. Also you could eat some healthy snacks instead. There are a lot of guides on this website to help deal with emotional stress and other issues dealing with coping
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December 8th, 2015 1:39am
Start using your emotions towards something else. The next time you feel a strong emption, try going for a walk for watch a tv show. There are so many other ways to cope, find a healthier way.
March 15th, 2016 5:51pm
hi try to do a hobby choose something you really would like to do this should take your mind to another way of thinking..
August 1st, 2016 10:34pm
Just find a place which helps you calm down and relaxes can spend time there instead of eating
June 25th, 2018 2:10am
Distraction can help. Sometimes emotional eating is just bored eating! For me, doing something that I can't do while eating is the way to go. Physical activity, playing a video game, taking a drive... anything that keeps your body and hands busy!
September 21st, 2020 8:57am
It is very difficult to control our eating habits, especially when we are feeling strong emotions. Be it happiness, sadness or anger sometimes all we want to do is eat! A good thing that has helped me was to write on my hand "do I really need this" before a meal, and I find I make more conscious choices about what I eat. Of course I don't deprive myself of everything, as eating is a blessing! But I do make more knowledgeable decisions with that little reminder! It is also good to focus our attention on something else, like jogging or simply reading a good book, but that is easier said than done!