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Emotional Eating

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Today's topic is my biggest hurdle. I eat because of an array of emotions: boredom, anxiety, stress, loneliness. So I started looking deeper, what do these all have in common...it's times when I don't have control of the situation. When my best friend passed away unexpectedly...I ate. When my dad died of cancer...I ate. When I went through a divorce...I ate. When I was laid off from my job...I ate.

I started eating emotionally when I was in the abusive relationship, and my whole life seemed to be out of my control. No matter what I'm not in control of food has always been in my control. I choose what I eat, when I eat, how much I eat.

This revelation also explains why I feel major anxiety when I'm with others during an out of control situation and I can't eat, it leaves me feeling like I suddenly have no control of anything. I realize deep in my heart that even when I have no control, Jesus is always in control. It's still a terrible feeling to have no control of your own life. It makes me feel like life is just happening to me, and there's nothing I can do to stop it. So, I eat because I feel like I have control of food, but the truth is, food has control of me.
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  • PISCES24
    What a great blog! This week had many stressors for me and I reverted back to the out of control eating myself. Today is a new day and I am in control. Thanks for sharing your revelation and knowing I am not the only one that has this problem. Have a great journey!
    1844 days ago
    Part of our healing is facing the why we do what we do and the why. The truth is that through Christ you have the victory. This is the hope you have. Food does not have to control you. What has helped me, another who does exactly what you say you do, it to know that their are others who are right where you are to encourage that situations can be changed.

    1848 days ago
    Good for you for taking an honest look at what is happening - and WHY! A lot of folks never have the courage to do this, and without understanding WHAT is going on it becomes more difficult to change. It isn't something you'll conquer overnight, but you WILL conquer it!
    1848 days ago
    I found Barb Raveling books to be a great help with this, I started with Taste for Truth, give it a try.
    1848 days ago
    I am the opposite of you. I eat in good times and not at all during deaths or problems. There has to be a medium in there some where.
    1848 days ago
    Deep and soooooo real. My same journey. Over eater Anónimos has great tools and literature if you have not tried them. ... you may want to check it out and see what's in it for you.
    1848 days ago
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