How do you end emotional eating?

I’m all over the place in terms of what I read and where my browser ends up on the interwebz.

So yesterday I find this blog post on Vice and I’m dumbfounded. Right there, in plain sight, is what plagues A LOT of us but we can’t articulate it. Or maybe we have, just not with crass language and explicit visuals that would make the church-going folks I work with blush and my mother into an all-night rosary session.Delicious but deadly grilled cheese sandwiches

Yes, many of us find fulfillment through food. We mix up physical and emotional feelings to find some sort of happiness, albeit fleeting. We reach for it for comfort and to fill that void that we feel.

The post was raw, real and I could identify with it, but there was no solution within the words. Just a guilty confession with no penance to make things right and a cheeky remark to draw it to a close.

So what does one do after the high is over, you’re left all alone and can barely look yourself in the eye? Is it because I have no answer to that question that I continue to struggle?

Will there ever be an answer?

Do you have one?


Fiona said...

I think the answer is to get back on the horse and keep trying. I just read a post about a friend who was disappointed in herself for running a 1/2 marathon. It inspired me to at least get back on the horse for today! Unfortunately I fall off the horse almost everyday, but perhaps I'll stay on tomorrow too, and maybe it will be a 3 day streak!!!
Good luck with finding an answer. I totally could use it!

Marisa @ Loser for Life said...

What I'm learning is the only true way to break free from emotional eating is to understand WHY you're doing it. It's such a hard road, but worth taking. I've recently starting working with an emotional eating recovery coach. It's difficult work, but I'm learning so much about the WHY and beginning to understand the tools to change it. Feel free to email me anytime, Marie!

Sasha said...

Wow. Raw doesn't even begin to describe it. I'll admit it - I couldn't actually read the whole thing. But I don't know how much of that was because I could identify with it.

I'm afraid I don't have an answer, I wish I did. I've had sporadic success with replacing emotional eating with something else - like wall pushups and jumping jacks whenever the MIL calls :P.

Miz said...


that's my only answer and what worked for me.

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