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What’s Behind Emotional Eating?

eating donutWhen you’re upset, do you reach for something to eat?

Recently I came across some good, practical advice for overcoming emotional eating.

With the holidays upon us and emotions abounding, not to mention all that scrumptious food, the timing seems perfect for this article:

What Do You Need To End Emotional Eating?

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About Tina Gilbertson

Tina Gilbertson is a psychotherapist, speaker and author based in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in supporting parents of estranged adult children through therapy, consulting and other resources, and offers assertiveness training and executive coaching for organizations. The author of "Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them" and the "Guide for Parents of Estranged Adult Children," Tina is often featured in the media as an expert on communication and relationships. Her blog on PsychologyToday.com is called "Constructive Wallowing."
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0 Responses to "What’s Behind Emotional Eating?"

  • Miss Maura 9999 Charlotte, NC
    December 22, 2012 - 9:51 am Reply

    I recently discovered — in the past year or so — that food is fuel. That’s it! Not love, not replacement for emotions, not a vehicle for approval (I am, after all, a Trained Chef). Not about schedules, or work, and not even always necessary. Moving requires fuel. Such a simple concept and the corollary is if I don’t move I don’t need food. This challenges every known medical principle: three meals a day and possibly snacks too. Keep your sugar levels even. Some protein with every meal. Eat mostly carbohydrates. We need cow’s milk products for strong bones. We need meat in one form or another. Don’t skip meals or heaven forbid “fast.” Drink water AFTER your meal. Tina, I could go on an on…but these are ALL fallacies. Truly they are!

    Food = fuel. Just the facts, ma’am. Take a walk, take a bath, drink some filtered water, read a real book, make an entry in your gratitude journal. Spend more TIME with your kids and pets and less MONEY on them! Life is about appreciation and not acquisition IMHO, and if we truly appreciate who we are and what we have we may not lust after that pure sugar donut as a substitute for nutrition.

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