Emotional eating cues

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1. Anger
Whether you’re angry at yourself, another person or a situation, you stifle your feelings using food rather than confronting them and releasing them. It’s easier to smother a problem than to deal with it.

2. Hopelessness
You think: Nothing really matters anyway. Nothing’s ever going to change or get better for me. So, why should I care about my health or weight? Besides, eating makes me feel better. (Please note: extreme feelings of hopelessness are typical of chronic depression. Please talk to a mental health professional if you find yourself feeling perpetually hopeless.)

3. Lack of Control
You think: My life is out of control. There is nothing in it that I am in charge of. Everyone and everything around me rules my life. Except for eating… I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want it. So I will.

4. Feeling Unappreciated
Perhaps you’ve accomplished something exceptional at work and no one has noticed. Or maybe you’ve made a personal achievement you’d dreamed of for years. But no one at home shares your pride. You find yourself tempted to congratulate yourself by “treating” yourself to a binge.

5. Boredom
There’s nothing to do. Nowhere to go. Perhaps you feel lonely, too. There’s nothing at home to occupy your mind or your hours. But there is a pantry full of comfort food that will kill some of that empty time.

I think we all might be surprised how often we actually when we aren’t really hungry. Now if I could just find the energy to go to the gym.

3 Comments

  1. StationeryQueen

    November 15, 2005 at 1:59 pm

    Uh, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty.
    Gotta go for a walk now. 🙂

  2. Angel

    November 15, 2005 at 8:12 pm

    And you just gave me an topic to blog about soon when I have the time. On a side note, someone told me that he thinks that my blog entries are all about sadness and such *shocked* Oh Robin, I want to know your opinion please 🙂

  3. Robin

    November 16, 2005 at 8:46 am

    I never thought that but then again my blog is probably really negative.

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