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Is there an Emotional Eating tribe?

post #1 of 82
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a group of ladies to be connected to and to help each other out with overcoming Emotional Eating. I thought I saw in a post here that there used to be an Emotional Eating tribe - is it still around? How does one go around starting one?
I'm still kind of new here (well, it's been 5 years BUT I'm not around enough to know these things).

Ideas?


Agnieszka
post #2 of 82
I would be interested as well. I saw a post a bit farther down the page about 'barriers to treating your body well' but I like the idea of an Emotional Eating tribe.

I am doing well right now on a new diet, but I expect to struggle in a few more days here. That's just been my pattern and I am so, so ready to break it but have not yet found the key. Still searching!
post #3 of 82
I would really be interested in this tribe too. I've been eating for emotional reasons since high-school (and I'm 41 now ). A lovely coping mechanism learned from my own mother . I want to break the cycle so my two DDs don't have to struggle with this as they get older.
post #4 of 82
Thread Starter 

sooooo...

anyone know how to get one started???
post #5 of 82
I don't know how to start one but I was the one who posted about emotional barriers to treating your body well. I am def interested in a tribe so we can help and encourage ea other.
post #6 of 82
I think to start a tribe, well, you just start it ! This sub-forum is the appropriate place for it, so shall we just continue on this thread until it gets too long? Maybe the OP can rename it so anyone who comes here knows that it's a tribe and can join in.

That said, how is everyone doing on the emotional eating front? What kinds of things do you do to keep yourself from heading to the pantry when it's calling your name?
post #7 of 82
count me in. just ate something "just because", grrr. why can't I stop myself! Sorry that the rest of you go through it too, but glad we all have support. I just want to eat healthy and when I'm hungry, is that so much to ask?

How do I not pass eating problems on to my kids? (good thinking Jaygee)
post #8 of 82
I guess I could say I am an emotional eater. When I am high stressed I crave comfort foods. Which could be made healthy, but usually aren't.

Are there any good books out there that can give guidance as to how to get off this emotional eating train? Cause I want to find the station and get off.
post #9 of 82
I am also worried about passing this on to my dd. It's one of my primary motivations in kicking this habit.

I am doing well so far on my new diet, but that doesn't mean much. In the past, it has meant that when a strong emotion hits (a fight with DH, an issue with DD/DS) I get angry about the diet and binge like there's no tomorrow.

I have probably read half a dozen (or more) books on this issue and so far none of them have helped me. Lately, when a craving hits I do the following: breathe deeply & name the feeling, make a cup of tea, distract myself, and ride out the craving. The cravings do pass, but then I haven't had any rough emotional patches for the last 5 days or so. That will be the true test.

I am glad to know I am not alone in this! Some days I feel like the only loser who can't control herself with the cookies. YK?

How is everyone else doing today?
post #10 of 82
I definitely use food to mediate emotions. Whether that's eating, not eating, controlling what I eat, etc. and, yes, all learned from my Mother, too. I was honestly glad to have a son because I dread, DREAD passing on my issues to a DD. Im really trying to treat my body with respect right now, even thought I HATE the number on the scale, I hadn't weighed myself in years, and through the pregnancy I just asked to be weighed blindly, though I was told how much I was gaining. The other day the stupid nurse blurted out my weight and I was mortified... despite being back to almost pre=pregnancy weight. I really thought I was 10-15 pounds less than I am. I feel embarrassed by how much a number can affect me, and also how it ties to my state of mind. Damn this cultural focus on weight and eating..

So glad to have you women here, sharing your own stories and difficulties.

Here's to respecting our bodies and souls.
Alex
post #11 of 82
I've found any of Geneen Roth's books on emotional eating to be very helpful. She's btdt and it's great to hear from someone who'd fought the good fight and won.
post #12 of 82
I'm subbing. I had the flu for a week and it was horrible. But, I didn't crave any foods or feel like eating at all. It was a nice break to not think about food for once.
post #13 of 82
I am so in this group. I set up an appointment, for a couple of weeks from now, with a therapist who specializes in this, but I am desperately in need of day-to-day support.
post #14 of 82
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I'm subbing. I had the flu for a week and it was horrible. But, I didn't crave any foods or feel like eating at all. It was a nice break to not think about food for once.
Me too. I'm not *that* sick, but nothing sounds good and I just don't want to eat. But I know I have to. Dangit.
post #15 of 82
academama ~ if you don't mind sharing, I'd be really interested to hear what your therapist has to say about all this stuff.

I'm doing well right now. I haven't eaten for reasons other than hunger for a week now. May it continue this way...
post #16 of 82
I'm a huge emotional eater. Happy? Let's eat. Sad? Eat again. Depressed? Eat lots more. Etc. My goal for the next several weeks is to listen to my body and only eat when hungry. What a challenge for an emotional eater!
post #17 of 82
that's a great goal. wishing you the best!

I am picking up the recommended book at the library tomorrow, thank you!
post #18 of 82
Thread Starter 

Great to see all your interest!

Sooooo... how do we start a tribe??

I'll send a message out to the mods and ask - I may have already said, I'm kinda new at this, so I'll need backup!


A.
post #19 of 82
Just start a new thread and title it "Emotional Eating Tribe" or if we want to have monthly threads, title it "November Emotional Eating Tribe" Or something similar. There's no formal process. I like having monthly threads so that they don't get too big.
post #20 of 82
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academama ~ if you don't mind sharing, I'd be really interested to hear what your therapist has to say about all this stuff.
I'll be happy to share when I get started. Right now I'm focusing on maintaining--just getting through this particular difficult patch in my dissertation without totally going to pieces on the health front.
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