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working through urges to emotional eat

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I wanted to eat to anesthetize my feelings last night because of how incredibly angry I was. I couldn't direct my anger towards the source -- of course not: I'm not allowed to express 'bad' emotions like anger, and it would be a fruitless attempt when the source of the anger is unwilling to and incapable of having a constructive conversation -- and so my mind kept running over all the things I wanted to, and couldn't, say, making me angrier and angrier.

I posted on my Emotional Eaters team. While that helped a little, I was still really angry. Nobody responded to my post. I didn't bank that they would -- after all, it's a message board, not instant messaging, and not the most active of teams -- but I could've really used some encouragement.

So I decided to be a source of encouragement myself. I started writing on new team members' pages, sending short little messages welcoming them to the group. I did this for 3 or 4 of my teams. I noticed my breathing becoming slower and deeper and my mood becoming calmer as I progressed. By the time I finished, I wasn't angry anymore. And I didn't eat.

Last night was a success.
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    Good job! I find that by reading and responding to others' blogs I am learning and connecting and not eating. I am not really an emotional eater. I just like to eat. I think it is a keep the hands and mouth busy kind of thing for me.
    137 days ago
    That's great! Congratulations on working yourself through the emotion without turning to food to anesthetize the feelings. emoticon

    Sometimes I really do need to scream and when that happens I pull out the pillows and scream into them. Sometimes, I scream all the crazy things that are moving through my mind too. It can be incredibly cathartic and productive. No harm to me or anyone else and the emotion gets moved.

    We each have different coping mechanisms that support us. Again, well done!!! emoticon
    148 days ago
    Great way to stuff that anger where it belongs and it led to success! emoticon emoticon
    148 days ago
  • JAVNMICH1969
    Thank you for sharing. That is awesome! emoticon emoticon
    148 days ago
  • GETIT50
    That’s amazing!
    148 days ago
    Way to find a good support team!
    148 days ago
    Congratulations on writing through your anger and turning it into a positive. And great job on not eating your feelings.
    148 days ago
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