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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Emotional Eating....Here are some tips Lindsay Lohan!

I found this great article by Linda H. Lamb looking at how interwoven our emotions are tied to our eating behaviors. Stress and depression play a major role in our choices for food as well as our feelings of happiness. I thought this article had plenty of depth, examples of emotional eating, and more importantly, some great practical tips for overcoming emotional eating!!!!
TIPS TO HELP YOU GAIN CONTROL OVER EMOTIONAL EATING
_There's always a bit of time between the moment you decide to eat something and the moment you actually put it into your mouth. Use that time to ask yourself this question: "What am I really hungry for?"
_Try to deal honestly with the answer to that question, especially if the food you crave is a high-calorie, low-nutrition diet buster. Could it be that you're not really hungry, but rather anxious, stressed out, lonely, angry, bored or in the mood to celebrate?
_Try an alternative to eating as a better way to deal with your feelings. Examples: If you're celebrating or rewarding yourself, enjoy a movie or buy yourself something new to wear. If you're lonely, call a friend. If you're stressed, take a brisk walk to work off steam.
_To get a handle on your emotional eating patterns, use a little notebook to write down everything you eat. Include details such as when you eat, how quickly you finish and what you feel at the time.
_Some foods might be such powerful triggers for overeating, you shouldn't keep them in the house. Identify other triggers - such as TV commercials - and avoid them.
_Remember that exercise is a great way to elevate your mood, if you tend to eat when you're down.
_When you do give in to a craving, pay attention to portion size. For example, go get a scoop of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, rather than buying a half-gallon of ice cream at the grocery store.
_Occasional splurges won't ruin you. Don't beat yourself up over them. Say, "OK, I had that Twix bar, but now it's back to eating sensibly."
_Get enough sleep. You'll tend to eat mindlessly when you're fatigued.
_Eat a healthy, balanced diet and don't go too long between meals and snacks. You're more likely to make bad food choices when you feel you're starving.
_Parents, don't make your kids clean their plates; let them stop when they're satisfied. And find other ways to reward and motivate children, rather than food - including hugs and comments such as "I'm so proud of you."

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