How To Tell If You're An Emotional Eater, And What To Do About It

How to tell if you are an emotional over eater and steps you can take towards controlling it.

Are you emotional eater? Here is what you can do about it.

We all know that food is necessary for survival, but for some of us food takes on another form. Emotional eaters look at food as a friend or comforter. If they run into a conflict, such as an argument or any stressful event; they turn to food. Using feelings to hide or ignore you emotions makes you an emotional eater. If you have a bad day at work and come home and eat and eat and then have terrible feelings of guilt and shame; you can probably count yourself as an emotional eater.

There are a number of online assessments that you can complete online. They ask questions about your eating habits to help you determine if you have an emotional link with food. After completing the questions you can also find an online support group for emotional eaters. This type of community is important to have for a binge eater. Instead of picking up some chips, you can log on and contact someone who knows exactly what you are dealing with.

You also will need to figure out what triggers your binges and how you can deter an oncoming binge. Keep a food journal and write down what you are eating, how often, and your mood at the time you ate. Make a note if something stressful or a possible trigger drove you to eat. A food journal is an excellent way to track what you eat and why. You can see in black and white, in your own writing what you consumed and what was consuming you.

When you sit down to eat, make sure you are legitimately hungry and that you aren't just eating because someone else is. Listen to your body for real signs of hunger and signs of being full. Try to slow down your eating; cut your food up and chew deliberately. Eat like a child; in the small portions and with a smaller plate. It takes some time for your body and your brain to connect that you are full.

Another problem we all have is portion control. You do not have to eat everything in sight or on your plate. You need to decide the best eating plan for you; whether it is three large meals with snacks in mid morning and mid afternoon. You can also break it up into six or so smaller meals. This does not mean to have your normal portions six times a day""divide your portions into smaller one you can consume throughout the day. This helps many people because they eat often and do not feel starved.

Another thing you must do is ask for help if you feel you need it. Tell a friend or family member about your problem""you might be surprised that they have the same problems as well. This may be because our eating patterns are learned. If you tell someone about your problems, it relieves a burden. You looked at food for comfort and your friend or family member can be the substitute for food.

It is important to realize that emotional eating or bingeing with or without purging, is an addiction; just like alcoholism. You have to want to defeat this demon. Make goals to work toward and track your eating. When you see your consumption level and find out what triggers your binges; you can control your eating. Make a promise in your food journal""put it in writing that you will not abuse food. That if you are about to binge, you will divert your attentions elsewhere. Get online and find a message board or talk to a friend or family member.

As with any addiction, you must allow yourself time. You may not be able to do it all in a day or a week for that matter; but it is possible to stop emotional over eating. Like anything else, you must be one hundred percent committed to making said changes in your lifestyle.

If that still does not affect you, think about your health and the examples you may be setting for your own children or those around you. If kids see you gorge on food when you are upset, they may learn to deal with their problems in the same way. Children are natural born imitators, they do as we do. Set a good example.

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