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Shrink Yourself
by Dr. Roger Gould, Emotional eating expert

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I am still taken aback every time I think of the answer a patient once gave me when I asked her WHY she ate half a dozen donuts. She said, "What else could I do?"

My patient couldn't figure out a better way of dealing with the demands of her 16-year-old daughter. She temporarily “lost her mind.” She was unable to think like the intelligent adult that she was.
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I started asking other patients the same WHY question, and kept on getting the same kind of answer, in one way or another telling me that the strength of a craving, the lure of a binge, or the power of food over them, was overwhelming, and they too “lost their minds” to food.

Emotional Eating: Blessing or Curse?

I heard more and more people tell me that their minds were taken over by thoughts about food and weight. They told me that their mind was “occupied” by a force they couldn’t understand, and what they wanted as much as weight loss was liberation from this preoccupation.

In fact, there are 17 million Americans who have this same mental struggle even though they maintain a normal weight.

So why do YOU eat too much after you have committed to a diet and told yourself you are not going to do that anymore? On one level the answer is simple and obvious. You eat too much when you think you HAVE to use food to reduce your stress level or get away from some uncomfortable feeling or thought because you BELIEVE that you don’t have any other way of doing that.

Then food becomes a tranquilizer... an instant, always available medication that shuts down your mind. At those moments emotional eating is a BLESSING.

But when those moments pass, and you realize you have a bad habit of using food as a tranquilizer TOO often, and you understand that this is the single most sabotaging factor in your weight control struggle that makes you break your diet every time, then you know that emotional eating is a CURSE.

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@ 10:53am ET on April 30, 2012 This is a wonderful segment the turned the light bulb on in my mind. Food cravings have been in control. I fight high anxiety,so I have very often turned to food. So, reading this made something click in my Bible teaching. I have the mind of Chist because HE lives within me. NOT the mind of over-eating. My feet are shod with the gospel of peace, not anxiety. This article is Great ! It only took a few sentences to open my eyes and let me see where I really am concerning food and overpowering cravings. I am 65 lbs. overweight. Now, I have a new goal and how to meantally fight and keep on track.... THANK YOU !!!!
@ 11:41am ET on April 30, 2012 Interesting article but you never said WHAT to do to overcome the emotional eating. We all know it exisits. All you mentioned was getting your book for more information on what to do.
@ 7:18am ET on May 2, 2012 i agree with Kathy26 i live in the middle east so i don't have access to all resources u have in USA. i know very well i have the problem but i can't solve it , i keep failing and such articles frustrate me more
@ 4:34pm ET on May 3, 2012 Check out more of Dr. Roger Gould's blogs on emotional eating to learn more tips!

http://www.diet.com/dietblogs/read_blog_expert.php?uid=871369
@ 2:28am ET on May 4, 2012 I too agree with Kathy, I struggle with these issues and am fully aware of my problem but need how to's. I will check out the doctor's tips...
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