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    How does everyone cope with emotional eating?!?

    For myself, it’s almost like mindless eating choices when I’m anxious, down, or feeling poorly related to my #MultipleSclerosis

    It’s like it helps me numb even more. I just can’t do it anymore and I need y’all’s advice!!!

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    Taking Action Towards Wellness

    <p>Taking Action Towards Wellness</p>
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    I’ve been struggling with food addiction, binge, and emotional eating for most of my life. My mom is an emotional eater and because of those tendencies and what groceries were in the house, I came into that as well. I did have a period of time about 8 years ago when I was the healthiest I had ever been. I was eating balanced and healthy as well as exercising and was able to maintain the weight loss for almost 3 years. Due to a move and change in routine, I gained all of that weight back over the course of 2 years. I’ve been struggling recently with food because I want to recreate a healthy routine like I had done before and get back down to a healthy weight, where I feel confident and comfortable in my own skin again. I have gotten in bad habits during Covid of ordering in and making unhealthy choices. I started intermittent fasting in July and have lost inches but not as many pounds. I find myself falling into the same temptations of ordering food through the apps and making not always the healthiest decisions on food while eating out or grocery shopping. When this happens, I binge because I feel like I’ve been depriving myself. Has anyone had a similar struggle or any suggestions to break the bad eating habits and create healthy long term habits during this unique time?

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    Eating to cope

    So all my life I was fat and my entire my family is fat so I’m oh ok. I recently embarked on an amazing meal plan and exercise regimen it was stress full and it was putting a strain on me mentally and physically but I kept pushing through. So then I lost 95 pounds and now I’m no longer with the company for this meal plan regimen so I’m back to eating on my own. I eat eat and eat when I’m stressed or need to feel better but before I would eat the healthy good already prepared and I had started smoking due to the stress. I stopped smoking and is eating junk again to cope how do I stop when food is what helps me in times of stress and times where I want to smoke and There are times I just want to eat 😪 I think I suffer from anxiety, depression and I’m an emotional eater. #HighFunctioningAnxiety #EmotionalEating
    #Depression #EatingDisorders

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    Making good #habbits with #PTSD and #Depression

    Hi everyone, currently I am making changes in my daily life for the better. Going to bed at a decent hour, not eating after dinner, regular personal hygiene and meal planning. I'm only about 3 days in and I'm going crazy. I get so in my head, then I get #depressed and my #Anxiety gets worse. Some of these coping strategies have been in my life since I was 8. Such as #EmotionalEating and staying up really late and being too depressed to clean or even care for myself. I have an appointment with a #nutritionist tomorrow and regular #Therapy . Please #checkin with me and #encourage me.

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    Finding Me

    I am recovering from surgery number 2 on my foot. Surgery one was a success in April and now I find myself at a bittersweet place.

    How do you find yourself after years of physical pain wounding you mentally and emotionally?

    It will take months for both my feet to be somewhat normal and the surgery scars remain, yet my compulsion to emotionally eat and feed my anxiety remains.

    So on the one hand I can say, things can change and work out for the better, but on the other hand I'm still trying to figure myself out here.

    So I have to ask, how do y'all keep anxiety at bay and not stress/emotionally eat?

    Much love to you all, you are beyond strong and have a million things to live for.

    #Anxiety #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #EmotionalHealth #EmotionalEating #Surgery

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    Kailani Ameele

    How to Stop Emotional Eating

    This is a big one. The majority of people I know struggle or have struggled with emotional eating, and I am no exception. Do you crave chocolate-covered espresso beans when you’re upset, sad or burned out? Do you find yourself reaching for that bottle of wine after a long day listening to a co-worker bitch at the office all day? Do you find yourself in an endless loop of eating everything in sight and then restricting yourself so much to end up doing it again the next day? Do you look at food as the enemy to your happiness or success? Then this post is for you. Emotional eating is a mountain to overcome, but most of the time it has absolutely nothing to do with the actual food you are consuming and everything to do with your internal relationship with yourself. After overcoming binge eating and emotional eating myself, I’m going to share some of the best tips that worked for me and that are recommended by other health coaches and health professionals, but as always, I cannot recommend counseling and therapy enough. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a few resources if you need professional help with disordered eating or an unhealthy relationship with food. Here are a few ways to get you started with curbing your emotional eating habits: 1. Give yourself compassion. There is nothing wrong with you. You aren’t damaged. You aren’t any less worthy for struggling with emotional eating, or any kind of eating habit, for that matter. I want to commend you for noticing you are struggling and that you are here searching for help. You may be in a dark place right now, but I know you can make the change. Know you are capable and worthy to make the change you desire. You’ve made it this far in life, so give yourself some credit, man. You can do this. 2. Be curious about your behaviors. Are you overeating or under-eating when you are stressed? Sad? Excited? Overwhelmed? Are you not sure what you feel when you start a binge? That’s OK, too. Allow yourself to feel these feelings. A lot of times, people use food and eating to mask feelings without facing them head-on. So, I want you to take a minute. What are you feeling before you eat, during eating, and after eating? Take a breath, try to identify what these emotions are, where you feel them in your body and perhaps what triggered these emotions. This sounds much easier than it is, but being mindful of your feelings and allowing yourself to feel them without judgment will give you insight relating back to your triggers, or reasons why you reach for that row of Oreos after fighting with your mom for the thousandth time. 3. Practice “capital-S” self-care. Learning to take care of your Self (yes, “capital-S” Self) starts with listening to what Self needs. Your Self is who you are to your core — it’s your curious, passionate, true, unchanging essence. Self is not composed of just your physical self, but your mental, emotional and spiritual self as well. When you feel the urge to emotionally eat, ask your Self what it really needs and listen to the response. Self might need some time alone, some exercise, social connection, spiritual insight or maybe just rest. Learning to listen to Self does not come easily if you have spent your whole life ignoring Self and self-care, but I promise it gets easier with practice. Things like meditation, yoga, writing or journaling will make your connection to Self a little more accessible if you’re having trouble connecting to Self. Give yourself grace and compassion while trying to listen to what your body and your Self’s need before reaching for food in an emotional state. 4. Make an escape plan. If you are feeling that urge to emotionally eat or binge eat, make an escape plan ahead of time. Do it now! Think of a supportive and non-judgmental friend who you can text when you’re feeling an urge and keep you accountable. Hang a sign for your snack cupboard or drawer with questions to ask yourself before opening the door (for example, what are you feeling right now? Are you truly hungry or are you emotionally eating? What does Self need right now?) Open up to your partner about your struggles and ask them not to keep your “trigger foods” in the same snack cupboard as yours. Make a promise to yourself that you will walk 10 minutes around your apartment complex before diving into that sacred Monday night bottle of wine. Whatever your escape plan is, write it down and make a promise to yourself that next time you feel like emotionally eating, you will put your escape plan into practice. Whatever you are going through right now, I know you can overcome it. The trick is, you need to convince yourself that you can overcome it, too. Give yourself grace and know you are worthy of the changes you desire. Reach out to your support network and resources for help because no one was meant to do this life thing on their own. xoxo, Lani. Professional Resources on Disordered Eating: Here are a few resources to get you started on finding a health professional to help you on your journey to freedom of emotional eating. Always seek help from a health professional if you feel like you have an eating disorder or an unhealthy relationship with food. These hotlines are a great resource if you do not know where to start with receiving help. It can be scary, making a call to a hotline where you don’t know who is on the other end of the phone. However, it’s important to remember that staff members at reputable hotlines are thoroughly trained in eating disorders, know how to provide support and can direct you to the proper treatment resources. National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237 Something Fishy: 1-866-418-1207 Hopeline Network: 1-800-442-4673 National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 1-630-577-1330 Overeaters Anonymous: 1-505-891-2664

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    Emotional weight gain and control #CerebralPalsy #weight #EmotionalEating

    I’ve been emotionally eating since my late 20’s and early 30’s. I ate the amount of bagels I was not supposed to . So now my mother has decided to take those away from me . My parents are taking control of my life because most of the time I don’t make good choices. I also have a father who grew up in the MENA region where their views are more religious and really conservative which means no dating unless someone comes to ask for me which let’s face it no one has asked for me personally just talking. When they find out I have mild cp we just resort to being friends. The struggle with my food consumption is that it helps me cope with my emotional issues I can’t fast or anything to suppress my emotional desires. I’ve come to Terms with it I just have to figure it out . Even though I dislike most healthy food like veggies

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    A good thought occurred to me this week. Tell myself it’s time for nourishment instead of eating. Nourishment implies giving my body what is healthy.

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