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Life After Emotional & Binge Eating

“Maybe I need to take better responsibility for getting what I want”

Jackie, a coaching client of mine (not her real name), is recognizing that she has been giving away her personal power for years and that’s driving some of her emotional eating. Here are two examples she shared with me last week.

“In the past, I would have sat next to my husband while we watched the TV shows he wanted to watch and the food thoughts would come to me fast and furiously.”

“I give my Dad and husband the better looking pieces of fish and I take the one that looks like it might have bones in it. Then I feel unsatisfied or resentful and then I feel I have to have dessert, or I want to give myself a binge later that evening, or I’m snacking all night long.”

Jackie told me she’s been thinking a lot about a Dr. Phil quote she read in the October issue of O Magazine.

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  1. I am experiencing similar things as of late – reading what your client wrote made me realize I am changing my habits – little by little. I needed to run an errand with my husband – my first thought was maybe we can have icecream on the way home. Then it dawned on me I wasn’t hungry or desiring ice cream I just wanted to extend the time with my husband. 🙂 I became satisfied that I was with him and that we could spend more time together without it being eating. When I am enjoying something pleasurable such as food 🙂 I always want just a little bit more – I’m learning to stay in the present and enjoy the moment I am in. 🙂

  2. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Coach; A Weigh Out says

    “Mindfulness” a such powerful tool for an emotional eater? It helps me get so clear that my food thoughts are more about habit than about making a situtation more tolerable or fun. In reality, using food the way I have in the past makes my life so much more stressful, less tolerable, and very uncomfortable!

  3. Sharon Kohout says

    Mindfulness = creating my own reality and switching from “victim” mode to “YES! I can do this!” mode. We don’t have to do it perfectly every time, but as we chip away at the idea that food, events, uncomfortable emotions have control over us we can gradually experience the freedom to choose our responses.

  4. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Coach; A Weigh Out says


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