Emotional Eating and How to Stop

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Hey guys, I have an update on my Intuitive Eating journey for you guys. As you may remember from my breakthrough, I decided to take the process slowly in order to fully understand and embrace it. I didn’t want to read the whole book cover to cover right away because I know I would miss many important things about it, so instead I wanted to focus on things little by little. Letting the facts take time to soak in and therefore, hopefully, become permanent in my journey to a healthier and happier life.

If you haven’t seen my second video about Rejecting The Diet Mentality, which is on my YouTube channel, you are welcome to go watch it. I don’t post every single video on my blog so I encourage you to subscribe to my channel as I plan on making more progress videos as well as some other fun videos. I may be late to the game but I’m starting to like YouTube as a part of blogging. Vlogs can be fun. But anyway, yeah I’ve made progress with rejecting the diet mentality and learning to live in a world saturated with weigh loss and diet messages. I overreacted a little bit after reading the first few principles of the Intuitive Eating book but I’ve learned to deal with it. I outline it in the second video.

Currently I am at a stage where I am learning to deal with emotional eating. By eating emotionally BUT also mindfully, I was able to have a breakthrough and something happened that has NEVER happened to me before. Literally. If you have ever struggled with emotional eating or binge eating, I’m sure you will be able to relate to what I mean and why I find this to be such a big progress in this journey. Watch the vlog on this post to see what I mean.

I’d love to hear your experiences if you have ever had trouble stopping when you start eating emotionally or how you try to stop yourself mid-binge or regain control during an emotional eating episode. All of your experiences are helpful and enlightening. Remember, most of us have gone through these experiences so most of us can relate to what you have gone through and the difficulty you felt with stopping. We’re here to listen and give support.

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Last Updated on March 28, 2019

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  1. Sounds like you’ve been learning some really helpful tips. Emotional eating is tough! I had some phases in college during one really stressful stage of life where I definitely did some stress eating. Best of luck as you continue to gain control in this area!

  2. Food is always going to be there, I think that’s something we all could benefit from hearing! Thinking of something as bad or good for that long is going to be rough. Emotional eating is tough for me too. Whether I’m reallyreally happy and want to celebrate or pissed off at the world and want to eat…I have a tough time staring that in the face!

    Good for your mindful eating of delicious chocolate. 🙂

    • Yeah it’s definitely a hard transition to make but I believe the change CAN be done! I believe that the more conscious we are of our actions, the more we will be able to take control of it.

  3. Thanks for opening up on a hot topic! I keep lots if water around so I get full from that instead!

  4. Food does give you pleasure! It gives me extreme pleasure! IT ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF!!! It gives you fuel. I find it to be amazing because when I am “crashing” I know I need to eat eat eat! 🙂

  5. Congrats on conquering emotional eating! I have such a hard time with it myself and it’s nearly impossible for me to stop once I’ve started. Like the other day I was so stressed about school that I ate 2/3 of a box of Girl Scout Samoas in one day. I try really hard to not do that, but like you said, it’s hard.

    • I’ve been there. Gosh, 2/3 box is NOT a lot compared to what it could be. But next time you find yourself wanting to eat emotionally, try what I mentioned. Eat it, DON’T feel guilty about it, but make sure to do it MINDFULLY. Pay the fullest attention to eating it, don’t try to just eat it as quick as possible.

  6. When I was in my 20s I used to control very tightly everything I eat. I remember once I kept dreaming about chocolate cake. Every time I had the dream I would tell myself, it’s purely emotional, it’s not the cake you really want or need. After I dreamed about it for 5 nights in a row I thought, fuck it, just make the cake! I did. I had one piece and felt sated. I really did just need a piece of cake!

    Lovely video, keep up the good work.

    • Omg when I was really strict, like ED-NOS strict, I had dreams about eating Snickers bars. It was really random because its like its my favorite candy bar.. But it was always Snickers. I cold literally taste it in my dream and I would wake up as if it was a nightmare, all frazzled, like “oh shit, I messed up!!!” And be glad it was just a dream. I just wanted a Snickers though. The restriction made me eventually break down and binge. Guess what was included in the binge? Lol if only I just went with my initial craving… I have to say I’m so much happier just following my mind and body. Any kind of restriction backfires at one point or another except it also does the emotional and mental damage on the person that gets worse each time. Thanks for the comment dear, hope to see you back on the blog 🙂

  7. I definitely think we learn to tie so much food to emotions as it’s how people celebrate and show love, that it takes some time to learn to enjoy it without relying on it in those moments

  8. Hey Kammie,
    That was a very heartfelt and moving video. Thanks for putting that out there.

    I like that you’re shedding light on this very common but often covered up issue. I, too, have struggled with the emotional eating problem. Here are a few resources that may help:
    Geenen Roth’s books, especially “Women, Food, and God”

    Good luck. I’ll check back in to see your updates. But feel free to email if you want to chat or exchange stories.


    • Hey Toffler, thanks for coming by my blog again! 🙂 I have actually read “Women, Food, and God” and I really liked it but I think I need to read it again. My friend recommended the book to me and said it changed her whole perception of food and I understand what she meant. The only thing that’s bad is that we tend to forget and can easily slip back into old habits. I will check out the Spinach & Yoga website you shared too. Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  9. Hey Kammie!
    I know this is a little late on commenting but I just saw this post and just had to comment. ( and I’m so glad I did)

    I’ve been struggling so much with emotional eating. I’ve never experienced emotional eating and its really having major effects on my body. It’s adding more stress and its frustrating! Its nice hearing that I’m not the only one dealing with this issue ( not that I would even want you to haha) .
    This post absolutely made my day haha! I’ve been feeling so awful about myself because this isn’t how I usually am but recently it’s become an issue and I CANNOT stop!
    I’m already planning on buying and reading that book! Thank you so so much!

    • Ashley, I’m glad you commented too! Emotional eating can be VERY frustrating, I know it has been for me, not just physically but also emotionally. The book will help you greatly I’m sure as it has been helping me too! I still struggle but it’s a journey that I just started and I have faith that I will heal and learn to live intuitively 🙂 Best of luck to you, Ashley!

  10. Hi Kammie,

    After reading your post I bought the book Intuitive Eating. Thank you so much for the recommendation! This book has been life changing for me! For the first time in my life I have no desire to binge. The foods that I used to binge on are not even tempting anymore. I still am amazed that this is happening. I am 43 years old and I have never had such a great relationship with food! I also am taking the supplements recommended in The Diet Cure. My only problem now is that I am still basing my entire self image on my body size. I am really struggling with liking myself and not obsessing with my weight and size or hating myself when I have gained weight. Do you have anything that you have found helpful for that?

    • Cathi, your comment made my day, I am so so happy you bought the book and it has already made such a huge impact on your relationship with food! The thing about self-confidence about body size and look is definitely a toughie and something I am also working on more, with some progress. It’s mostly the matter of changing priorities around and realizing that looking “perfect” is not as important as I used to think it was. I was subconsciously putting it at a very high priority, it was unreasonable because due to this perception, everything was affected by my vision of how I look, how I think people view me as, etc. It’s hard to let go of these perceptions. What I’ve been doing is trying to focus on the positives about myself and just living my life. I have started exercising for the sake of enjoyment and the feelings that I get from said exercise, NOT weight loss but rather, the endorphin rush and the feel-good emotions I get after a workout. I also have been telling myself that it’s OKAY that I don’t look the way I always hoped I would because I don’t really need to – I’m not a fitness model so it’s not really necessary for me to have that kind of a body (I always wished for it but I never got anywhere close to it). It’s the matter of realizing that you’d rather have a life worth living, enjoying your life and allowing your body to come back to its natural weight, rather than struggling and fighting with it all the time. I hope that makes some sense. I think I’ll post something about this in the near future as it’s a crucial part to recovery and needs to be addressed. Thank you for leaving the comment! I wish you best of luck in the future 🙂 xo

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