Emotional Eater Here

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Teresa's picture
Joined: 18 Sep 2007

I have been an emotional eater for years. Not sure, but I really think it dates back to childhood. My mom used to give me ice cream and cookies whenever I would cry or get upset, so while I am not positive I think it's how I started my emotional eating.

While I was a teen, I had a phase of bulimia, where I would always eat and then purge - ice cream, candy, pizza, anything - it usually happened when I was emotional about something (break up, bad grades, etc.)

Now I am in my late 20's. I've ruined my figure, though not horribly overweight I am not extremely thin either.

I eat when I am angry, when I am sad, when I am depressed or even excited or nervous about something.

I started keeping a diary of when I ate, and this helped a lot. Now with natural food and no junk allowed in my house, I am finally starting to break the cycle. I am excited about the program and just wanted to say hi and share my story.

Anonymous's picture
We're glad you're here!

Compulsive overeating is when you eat for reasons other than true hunger and those reasons are psychological. So compulsive eating and emotional eating are two sides of the same coin.
This is a topic that is near to my heart as I struggled with compulsive eating for over a decade due to my anxiety and low-self-esteem. Most of my patients were compulsive, emotional eaters.
We have lots of lessons on stress management, emotional eating, emotional freedom technique.
We plan on conducting teleseminars on this topic very soon.
In addition to negative emotions and societal brainwashing, compusive eating is very much linked to neurotransmitter deficiencies, food allergies and low blood sugars.
It gets complicated doesn't it?
That's why we are covering these topics in a step by step fashion with new topics every week.
I look forward to hearing about your success in overcoming emotional eating once and for all. If I can do it, you can too!

Babcia's picture
Joined: 15 Sep 2007
Emotional Eating

I can't say I am NOT an emotional eater, I may be; but I also certainly am a compulsive overeater. When I was young I did not overeat, but as I became an adult and no longer had to rely upon someone else to prepare my food and provide it to me when I was hungry, I learned the joy of marketing and eating whenever I wanted. And I have been unable to stop eating ever since. The food industry got me hooked.

I am now a grandmother and am serious about ridding my life of junk items and chemical foods. I want REAL food, which is what my mother prepared for me as a child. She was raised on a farm by Polish immigrant parents, drank raw milk and prepared home-grown organic food, butchered animals and ate the whole thing. As a child I used to help her make sausage from the pig's head. We made our own sauerkraut and pickles and cottage cheese. How I miss those days.

If I am an emotional eater, then eating the right way with Enlita and WAPF will take me back emotionally to my halcion days with my mother. I am ready. Bring it on!