Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Signs of Emotional Eating

With the big eating day looming before many tomorrow, and with answers on the holiday stress poll, it appears that we could all use a little help to maintain our stress and perhaps our eating habits. I recently was able to focus on the fact that when I get frustrated, I start craving the worst of the worse when it comes to junk food. With this I was able to utilize self-hypnosis to help me through some of the more pronounced frustration triggers.

But what if you need help figuring out if you are an emotional eater and you do do not have a hypnotist handy? Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • Do you find that hunger comes on quickly or urgently?
  • Do you crave unhealthy food (who me)?
  • Do stressful or unpleasant events cause you to want to eat?
  • Do you find yourself suddenly eating and have no conscious memory of eating so much?
  • Do you continue to eat even after you are full?
  • Do you feel hunger anywhere other than your stomach?
  • After you satisfy your hunger, do you have feelings of regret?
These are the signs of emotional eating as specified by Dr. Roger Gould, a board certified psychiatrist who is one of the world's leading authorities on emotional eating and adult development. He is also a pioneer in online programs for weight issues. If you find that your eating fits any of these questions, you may have emotional eating issues.

So you are probably saying, "Great. Now what?" If so, he has an interactive (you answer questions) website to help you understand your emotions and eating habits in relation to holiday stress. Then he offers a free Holiday Survival Guide .

I am a big believer in every little thing helps. To those of you on the poll who mentioned stress being a part of your holidays, this may offer a little relief.

Let me know what you think.

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