Question to all emotional eaters: Is anybody else trying to find a substitute to food?

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Posted: 16 May 2011, 09:02
I am almost at my goal weight, and since I have a very stressful time at the moment, I have put "maintaining" on my to-do list, rather than "losing".

My main Problem used to be emotional eating, but now I make a lot of right choices foodwise, eat at sensible times and excercise as often as I can. And since all that got routine and I practically force myself not to eat cake when I am really stressed, I find that I do other unproductive, even unhealthy stuff instead of eating, like shopping, creating my new "look" (though that may partially because nothing fits me anymore), spending hours on useless websites and the like. I find it is more time-consuming than just eating, even though I find some comfort/stress-relieve/reason to procrastinate/or whatever else my emotional need is that day.

Does anyone else have this problem?
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw


Joined: Aug 10
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Posted: 16 May 2011, 09:53
I started out with the spending too much time on the computer instead (I still relapse from time to time) but found not only does it waste a lot of my time, it's not fulfulling that need I have.

One thing that does meet my needs is a fun way to exercise- usually belly dancing or hula hooping. Not only does it distract me from eating, I feel better emotionally afterwards and that need to feed my sorrows is drastically reduced if not got completely.

Good luck!

Joined: Mar 11
Posts: 82

Posted: 16 May 2011, 10:04
im a total emotional eater.. always have been. i try and write when i feel like i need to eat bc of stress or any other reason i want to shove my face. i have always been big into art and i write poetry... trying to get a book together eventually... so i try and do one of those things. its not always easy...

we are all here bc in one way or another we depend on food... so we need to try and find a healthy way to rid ourselves of that.

food is to help us live.. not a friend or something to make us happy or feel better... a BIG lesson that i need to learn.. but im getting there. its always gonna be hard. over eating/emotional eating is an addiction... you need time to break the cycle.
"the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
-Ralph Emerson

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Posted: 16 May 2011, 10:21
I believe I may have replaced my comfort eating with spending an unfortunate amount of time on FatSecret (and other wellness sites) being compulsive about tracking my now healthier caloric intake and exercize calorie expenditure.

For example, on a stressful work day I am wasting my breaktime hanging around fatsecret forums and critiquing my diet and exercize calendar instead of maybe taking a walk, meditating in the park or catching up with a friend. So in general now I'm working on spending more time outside, with my family/friends and genuinely enjoying myself without my stupid laptop or smartphone and committing to just updating my logs 3 times a day maximum.

Working on your look sounds fun but I see how that could go south if it's fixating too much on fitness/skinniness/superficiality. Actually my husband has asked me to limit my logging in since he worries I'm obsessing. Rightly so. I guess I should log off now in case forum posting is an extension of this whole subsitution. Ha! Good luck and congrats on your success. Btw, I think we get to be at least a little human and imperfect. A little procrastination or obsessing isn't awful. Our brains need to be cut a break sometimes on one side or the other - like allowed to be either spaced out or far too zoned in. We're human.

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