Fight Emotional Eating During the Holiday Season

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2011-11-30 13:36:40 -0600
Started 2011-11-22 05:15:38 -0600

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season So this discussion may well be appropriate for the next month an a half: what people, things or activities pull your emotional triggers. Read the article here and tell what you think of the suggestions and how the holidays affect you?

Praying that ALL y'all have a safe, healthy, happy and BLESSED holiday season!

James Baker

21 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-11-26 20:54:09 -0600 Report

James, this is an interesting article. Knowledge is power. Taking the time to become aware of your triggers, and to devleop alternatives for dealing with them that don't involved self-desctructive eating, can go a long way toward staying healthy over the holidays. Great idea for a post!

berrykins0 2011-11-23 17:39:46 -0600 Report

happy holidays don't have problems like emotional eating.i have other ways to comfort myself.i feel sorry for people that do though.take care.

pixsidust 2011-11-23 08:34:10 -0600 Report

This is my first Major Holidays as a Diabetic. I have the advantage of being the only cook in the house. I can make food thats good for me. The only thing I give in on is that I buy pizza & bake cookies for others. I never really had a sweet tooth so I am not really tempted. Its the potatoes and stuffing that gets me and I will be taking one serving spoon size when I eat at other houses.

Families get together during the Holidays and there can be joy and an element of stress to it. I have one sister who is a malcontent. She complains constantly. I will offer to drive her to my sister Carries and she will say "no I am going to Jeans, the only person who ever helps me when I was almost dying and the doctors tried to kill her …blah blah blah…After that I am ready to kill her! Now thats stress and everyone has one family member that you think Oh No!

What I think also rings so true, is the effect of the darker and shorter days. I need Light! Nothing made me feel as good as getting off work to day light. I had more energy, felt better and was more productive. When it became winter and dark, all I wanted to do is go home. Now that I am unemployed, I purpose to walk longer in the daylight with my two dogs.
I get tired easier and want to sleep longer with the cold. Perhaps we have some built in hibernation mechanism?

Any way you approach this Holiday, realize you are important. Love yourself to do your best, and have many more to come!

Young1s 2011-11-22 14:42:00 -0600 Report

Good article James. Fortunately I don't fall into this catagory but I have known a couple of emotional eaters in my past. Unfortunately, back then I didn't know it for what it was. That is why, even if the topic does not apply to our selves, we all should know the signs in order to be of comfort or help to those who it does apply to. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 14:17:38 -0600 Report

Good article to bring to the table. So appropriate for the time of year.
I'm lucky that i'm not an emotional eater. I was a boredom eater!!! Don't know which is worse! I hope everyone has a joyous holiday! God Bless, Mickey

realsis77 2011-11-22 11:52:11 -0600 Report

ive always been very lucky because im a emotional NOT eater. as a matter of fact ive just recently lost 20 pounds and im actually down to a size 3 in is strange but when i get stressed i DONT eat. i guess im lucky

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 14:06:31 -0600 Report

Hey there Real Sis take care of yourself. I hope you do not become ill from losing too much weight. I sometimes have to remind myself that food for diabetics is medicine. My old habit was to not eat until dinner time and then that lasted until bedtime.

realsis77 2011-11-23 13:53:01 -0600 Report

yes, this is true.MY family is getting on to me for loosing "too much weight" but i still feel good so I am thankful for it. I thank God im a emotional NON eater. also I just lost a pet I had for 20 years so that was very difficult for me! I am like at yoyo sometimes up and down. hopefully I can Keep this off because I know its best for my diabetes.

berrykins0 2011-11-23 17:42:47 -0600 Report

i hope you can the weight off too its diffcult to sometimes congradulations on your weight loss.i have been able to maintian my goal weight for 1yr 8 months.hard work pays off like count calories and carbs weighing food out exersise.keep up the good work. losing pets is just like losing a family member there like one having children or a companion or roomate. always there to keep you company.take care

MEGriff1950 2011-11-23 13:57:56 -0600 Report

I am so sorry to hear that you lost such a close family member (pet), it is so hard and hurts for a long time.
I just had a great visit with my dr.

realsis77 2011-11-23 17:00:48 -0600 Report

thank you for the sympathy it does hurt. He had cancer and we had a rough last month. Im glad you had a good drs. visit.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 11:49:23 -0600 Report

James that is a very good article. I used to be pressured with the gift giving vicious cycle but once I put God first in my life the gift giving no longer stresses me. I too was an emotional eater but also a huge holiday eater because I am a great cook, baker and candy maker. I have decided to only make a single batch now to share not double batches…one batch of fudge for me and one for everyone else.
I handle stress in several ways. I either do a bit of exercise, work on cleaning my house or get into my Pogo or Farmville games. I also use Pandora radio online while I am doing activities you can choose they type of music that calms you.
God Bless,

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