Are you an emotional eater?

United States
June 21, 2008 1:18pm CST
I have found lately (I've probably always been this way, but am just now noticing) that I tend to eat more when I am sad and when I am bored. I go looking for a snack, but when I stop to ask myself why, I don't know. I realize that I am not hungry, but I look for a snack to occupy or comfort myself. I had a bad day yesterday and was feeling bad, and I snacked a lot more than I usually do. I'm feeling sad today, also, but am talking myself out of going for a snack. I know I don't need it. How do you deal with emotional eating? Do you replace food with something else?
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@lou1982 (122)
24 Jun 08
i am very much a emotional eater i find that i am always hungry, i find that if i snack on fruit (at least 3 pieces) through out the day and have three meals helps. my main problem thou is supper time i get starving so i chop a carrot, cucumber, half a pepper, put a tablespoon of low fat mayo or soft cheese to dip them in, and if i`ve got enough weight watchers points left a packet of crisps, i put them on a plate so it feels like a meal. its worked so far i`ve lost 2 stone, well its the weight watchers diet that's worked but the fruit and veg really helps to keep full and is free points wise to snack on.
• United States
26 Jun 08
See I like to eat fruits too but most days i am just going on my day and will forget how important it is to fill up . I should have more of the low fat foods around my house too , and prob will pick some good stuff up this weekend . The weight watchers diet is where I lost my first 100 lbs
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
29 Jun 08
The sad part is, I almost thought your discussion was literal: the actual consumption of emotions. Truth be told, I'm not an emotional eater. I'd put my self more as an emotional cooker than an emotional eater. It's more accurate to put me as an emotional do'er(action depends on situation).. So perhaps a few people maybe calling it right whenever they say I'm a certain emotion, even in text.
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
29 Jun 08
I have to agree SC I find eating rather comforting as well. It is great that you are able to talk yourself out of snacking. It can take a lot of strength sometimes. I guess the way to go about it is the same as any other vice. Finding a replacement is a great start. Replace a snack with some deep breathing or a drink of water. Write it all done. Don't just write what you eat though, remember to write down everything you say no. When you resist the urge to snack record your achievement. Then when you are feeling weak you can look at the lists think of how well you've done and then keep going. Rather than thinking that you want the snack, think about how good you feel from saying know and all that goes with it. I know this is all much easier said than done. In fact I even feel slightly hypocritical with my above spiel! There is so much I should be saying no to yet I don't sometimes it is just to hard! Perhaps we can find the secret together! :)
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I myself am a emotional eater and seem to do it more during the wintertime months. I seem to eat the most when I am unhappy and stressed . I even sometimes will eat when I am happy . So , I suppose I am one in many ways . Now that it is summer I will be able to watch more and keep myself busy with walking and swimming . When Im stressed I just will head to the pool and do some mad crazy laps . There was a time when I was losing and was able to not eat when I had the urge , but somehow I missed that up and once again at a batle with my weight . I lost over 100 lbs in 2 years and have gained around 60 of it back . This really put me in a fragile state over the winter , but I still ate . Now I once again am on a diet and working my bum off . when the cooler months roll around I think I will join a gym . I think the key for me is to stay active and always be losing . Guess we will see how that goes . Lately , I go to my fiance and will say talk me out of the ice cream or chocolate .
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I do eat when I am bored. That is one of my main problems. When I am sad or angry I normally lose my appetite and do not eat much of anything though.
@irishidid (8731)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I'm an emotional non-eater. If I'm upset about something I can't eat.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I know I am. I sometimes find myself hitting the fridge after a disagreement with someone or when I've had a hard day with the kids. It's fun to eat... wish it wasn't, but it does make you feel better at least for a little while. I've been thinking I need to find a healthier way to deal with emotional garbage... like a punching bag! lol At least that way I'd be getting a good workout and not putting a dent in my food budget. :)
@chej18 (915)
• United States
21 Jun 08
Hi sillychick, My partner is emotional eater.He eat a lot if he is stress at work or upset w/ something.I am his opposite i loose a lot of weight and not eating to much or cant eat at all if i am stress or upset.I remember the last time.i was so upset i lost 7 kilos in one week.I am sleeping a lot and dont want to eat.My stomach is in paned but i still cant eat even drink wate.But my partner he is so easy w/ it.These fast few months his having these problem at work and he is always stress.He eat a lot but not healthy food but snack ,junk food, and easy food like burger.But i am helping him right now to loose some weight. greetings from Che!
• United States
21 Jun 08
I am the classic emotional eater! I get stressed out..I eat. I get angry..I eat. I know it is totally mental, but I can't help it. I even realize it when I am doing it, but I can't stop. I talked to my physician about it. All she did was give me ideas for healthy weight loss (i.e. South Beach Diet). That is not the problem. I know how to eat healthy and in moderation. The problem I needed resolution to was how to stop diving into a bag of potato chips when I am stressed. So, I guess I deal with my emotional eating by eating. I know that is a lame excuse and it is not really "dealing" with the problem. I just can't give up that feeling of comfort it gives me when I am having a bad day.
• United States
21 Jun 08
Yeah I am an emotional eater. But like the other poster said I eat for like every emotion. I especially eat when I am stressed. I am so stressed that I need something to eat or some gum to chew so that I can think clearly.