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By Gay Riley, MS, RD, CCN
on October 06, 2008
“Eating style” refers to our attitudes, emotions, environment, behaviors, and the influences associated with the foods we eat. More...
By Registered Dietitian
on September 17, 2008
Although many people succeed at losing weight, few manage to keep the weight off for the long haul. Those who have are referred to as “successful losers” and research studies on these individuals reveal the keys to permanent weight loss. More...
By dotFIT experts
on October 07, 2008
Dieting to lose weight is difficult at best, and generally ends in frustration for the average person. The majority of people gain most of the weight back within the first year. However, there are three strategies that have consistently proven to be effective in losing weight and maintaining the loss. More...

Are there any books I can read about emotional eating?

Question: Are there any books I can read or workbooks I can work through to get myself out of this emotional eating roller coaster? I work so hard and then sabotage my progress.

Answer: Emotional eating tends to start with some type of trigger.  The first step is to identify the people and situations that trigger it. Common culprits include work stress, family members and social occasions. A helpful way to spot your triggers is to keep a food diary. Write down your feelings before and after you eat for at least one week. Once you discover your triggers, you’ll have to adopt a different activity to replace eating. Journaling, exercising, talking with a friend, joining an online chat group, reading a book or taking a relaxing bath are good alternatives. Make a list of activities you can do and carry the list so you can refer to it when a trigger occurs.  One effective strategy is to adopt a hobby that will keep you focused and busy. When you’re busy, it’s not as easy to eat. You can get more information in these books by Geneen Roth, Breaking Free From Emotional Eating and Feeding the Hungry Heart.


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