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3/16/13 9:12 P

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I LOVE to watch YouTube videos while knitting! That keeps my hands, eyes, and mind busy, really doing a great job of distracting me from my "foodie thoughts" emoticon

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3/12/13 9:38 P

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Oh! I TRACK what I eat.... fairly honestly, too! THAT helps me make good choices when I DO eat!

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3/12/13 9:36 P

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I eat. Seriously, I do. However, I always have good things on hand to eat. A Greek yogurt or my home-made "fake ice cream" (frozen banana and strawberries almond milk in a smoothie form), fruit salad, sometimes peanut butter & celery fills the need. Every now and then i eat something I shouldn't..maybe a mini-binge...but for the most part...at least this time around (since January 2013)...I've been able to eat when I want and still lose weight. I'd better "knock on wood" just so I don't go over board on a binge now!

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3/12/13 8:26 A

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I agree that it depends on the situation and also, the mood you're in. Sometimes I can divert a potential binge, and then there are days when I just let it run its course. When I'm feeling strong, I go out for a walk or use the treadmill. If I can't, then I promise God that I will not eat anything except fruit and vegetables until a certain time. By that time, the craving has passed.

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3/7/13 10:39 A

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Depends on the situation and circumstances

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3/7/13 9:00 A

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Well, Steph, I never give into that urge. I try to switch whatever I'm doing and thinking and get fully engaged in some activity or line of thinking completely unrelated to food.

I'm maintaining a loss, so I give myself a couple of unrestricted eating days a month, just two. Because I know I've got a day ahead in less than two weeks, I know I can put off the urge to overeat until then...and then, I can pull out all the stops and enjoy everything I love.

So knowing that has kept me on the straight and narrow...but in between, I just get the urge right out of my mind, regardless of how much energy it takes to do that (and sometimes, it takes a lot!)

You can do this...

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3/5/13 8:42 P

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There are so many things that we COULD do and often it is a matter of trial and error to figure out what will work best. I am always looking for new things I can try so this thread has been a real blessing.

Nancy from West Virginia - EST
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3/5/13 3:06 P

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I agree, this is a very helpful thread! I used to go shopping but that was trading one addiction for another. I like the change of scenery or having water and doing games or something. Anything to try to get your thoughts to change!

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3/5/13 10:22 A

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Great thread! I struggle with this. I have found that drinking some water, chopping on some ice, chewing some gum, or finding something to do helps.

If I must get in I find something healthy. Most of the to e for me it is out of being bored.

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2/27/13 1:32 P

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Thank you everyone, these are all great suggestions. I have been using some of them.
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2/26/13 2:32 P

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Hi, this is my list of things I try. Sometimes, they really help.

Brush your teeth after eating. This works very well, especially if like me, you’re too lazy to brush/floss again before bed!

Chew gum (I like Extra Dessert Delights)

Journal privately on Spark about your feelings – are you eating for comfort because you're frustrated or bored, or because of some other feeling you want to escape? Write about it.

Blog publicly on Spark about your struggle and how you are trying to combat it.

Read “Success Stories” on Spark and find out how other emotional eaters fought and won the battle.

Spend time on Spark, replying to others posts and trying to help and encourage them.

Play games in the Spark Game Room under the Community tab, Message Boards

Dance around to music

March in place during TV commercials.

If you’re hungry, eat a healthy snack. (Don’t have unhealthy ones in the house)

Drink a hot or cold beverage, sweetened with artificial sweetener.

Go to another room in your house or apt. – a chance of scenery can “break” the temptation.

Go to bed with a good book.

Play a computer game.

Put together a jigsaw puzzle, knit or crochet – anything to keep your hands busy.

Balance your checkbook or clean out your purse.

Take a hot bubble bath or a hot shower.

Do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku.


I hope these help a little. Keep in touch so we can support and encourage you!

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2/24/13 7:58 P

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I agree, home alone is the most dangerous for me.

One day at a time, I can do this...


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2/24/13 4:18 P

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When tis happens to me, it's usually caused by 1 of 2 things: thirst or being overly tired...The water I can slip in, the naps...not so much during the school day...lol

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The best thing for me is not being at home but out of my apartment. That way I am less inclined to eat. Nothing really works for me when I am at home alone. Another thing that works is when my boyfriend comes up to see me I don't eat mindlessly because we are together so that is a good distraction.

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2/24/13 9:48 A

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Ometimes I keep busy doing something like exercises or go for a walk so I don't think about food. It's hard I know but we have to get out of the habit of just eating. Being more aware and thinking more not just doing

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2/24/13 9:02 A

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I try to keep my hands busy with knitting or getting on the computer, especially in the winter. Summer is easier because I can go outside.

One day at a time, I can do this...


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2/24/13 7:39 A

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When that feeling hits - I have learned to drink an 8 ounce glass of water because the signal for hunger and thirst is the same. If I still have that feeling after the water, then I choose a piece of fruit or a serving of vegetables. Why? Because if I'm truly hungry, I'll eat them, and if I'm just in the mood to surf the cupboards until I find something that looks good, I'm not really hungry. It might just be because I want to stuff feelings down inside of me instead of dealing with them.

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2/23/13 11:32 P

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Water with soluble fiber in it and a walk are my go-to items

I do a lot of crafts, so getting my hands busy on something often helps

clean something - you can't eat while your hands are busy doing something else

if I really end up eating after all of the above - I try to make it something like celery or cucumbers if i want something crunchy. Sweet gerkins or a couple dates if I want something sweet. Green olives with a few Triscuits if I want something salty.

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2/23/13 9:31 P

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Weather permitting I willg rab some water and my dogs leash and hit one of the beautiful Oregon trails or go on the computer, crochet or read a book.



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2/23/13 9:24 P

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Nice, NancyPat! Other options are to chew gum or have something to eat. I think an important thing is to write down a list of alternatives _before_ you need them. Make breaking the habit as easy as possible. Also, if you do decide to eat, eat slooowly. I choose things like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, and eat them one at a time. That way just a few are very satisfying.

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2/23/13 8:48 P

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There are a couple of options - some people have long lists - most boil down to distractions (find something else to do, that keeps your hands, your mouth, and/or you mind busy) - it can be crocheting, suduko, crosswords, knitting, scrapbooking, reading, blogging or journaling on paper or the computer, phoning a friend, posting messages on here, etc. Exercise is another option often mentioned - go for a walk, do a video, stretch, yoga, etc. Another thing that works sometimes is to go brush your teeth - clean fresh mouth sometimes discourages more eating. A third approach is to STOP letting it be mindless or just because eating by PLANNING to have a snack and planning what you are going to have by saving something from dinner, having a scoop of ice cream, a single portion of a favorite snack - it will fit into your program if you PLAN for it and you will be in control of what, how much, and when you eat it. Whatever you do, it sometimes helps to figure out why, when, with whom, under what circumstances you are inclined do eat like this, and then figure out ways that it will be easier and more likely that you will do something else instead.

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2/23/13 8:35 P

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When you want to eat just because?

DO you do something else to distract that wanna eat feeling?

If so what?

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