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    Default How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    I'm so sick & tired of it! The more I try to lose weight the more it stresses me out & the more I eat! And gain back any loss.

    My question is, to those of you who have managed to stop emotional eating, how on earth did you do it??? How do I stop it??

    I'm really getting desperate..... and it's ruining my life!

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    Default How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    Finding another way to deal with your emotions.
    I don't emotionally eat, but I pick at my skin as an emotional release, and the only way I can stop is if I have other means of releasing my stress/anxiety.

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    Default How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    There are lots of options available that are a different approach to dieting.
    I'd recommend the book by Dr Rick Kausmann, 'If not dieting, then what'. There is so much research now that shows 'dieting' just doesnt work. Restricted eating, high expectations then disappointment for most people just perpetuates the cycle of shame and emotional eating.
    I would also recommend seeing a dietician that specializes in disordered eating, I know a great one in outer east Melbourne, Julie Viney. If you google her she also has a great web site with links to good resources and maybe she can help with like minded dietitians in other locations.
    Also there are counsellors and psychologists that specialise in disordered eating, your gp might be able to advise someone nearby.
    Good luck, dealing with the underlying issues is a much tougher but in my experience a much more successful road to a healthy relationship with food
    xxxooo

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    Default Re: How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    I read a couple of books that were very helpful. Michelle May's "eat what you love" is very good, as is Steve Ilardi's "6 steps to curing depression" (which may not be applicable to you but it has some very good ideas for managing stress. Michelle may in particular uses a lot of meditation/mindfulness, and she's a gp and an ex yoyo dieter/emotional eater.

    it might also help to make a list of the things that stress you (other than weight loss) , and pick one to tackle. put the focus onto something else for a little while and you might feel a bit more positive.

    I highly recommend Michelle May's book tho, it was a relation to me after 5 years of yo yo weight loss


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    I haven't managed to overcome it and it has been a real problem for me, but my partner recommends "mindful eating".

    there are books, and some psychologists also run group sessions.

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    Default How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    You could see your GP for a referral to a psychologist, who can help you to develop other ways to mange stress. You could ask for a mental health care plan, which would enable you to receive a Medicare rebate on psychology sessions if the GP decides you are eligible.

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    Default Re: How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    Quote Originally Posted by bekindtoyourself View Post
    Good luck, dealing with the underlying issues is a much tougher but in my experience a much more successful road to a healthy relationship with food
    xxxooo
    Lots of great advice but especially this - I spent most of this year dealing with the reasons I was failing to lose weight, and I'm finally at a point where I'm ready to do it. In my case it was sugar, pms, bad sleep habits and my own hangups. Plus I have looked into the reasons why diets fail and have changed my thinking in a lot of ways. I don't feel like a failure anymore, I can see now it was impossible for me to succeed the way I was going about it. Hth

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    Default How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    Mrs tight wiggle I'm going to check out Michelle's book, always very interested in finding new resources, especially in the areas of mindfulness.
    Agree with mindful eating too. If anyone is looking for a good resource on mindfulness I can reccomend Jon kabat-zinn. He has lots of guided meditation CDs that are great for beginners or anyone.

    Another person I love is Tara Brach. She has free podcasts talks about this kind of stuff, very good I find.

    Oh and also dr Rick Kausmann also has done a book called calm eating and has a set of cards with helpful phrases. When you start researching there is a lot lot more than just the old weight watchers or lite n easy type approach to food!

    Good luck everyone

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    Default How do you overcome being an emotional eater??

    Sorry mrs tiggy winkle for my spelling spell check being so abysmal!

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