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Emotional Eating

It is called "emotional eating" when you use food to numb uncomfortable feelings. However, no amount of food will ever satisfy emotional hungers. Transforming the deep conditionings that have led to you using food to fix life's problems is a gradual learning process. You figure out your patterns and explore your deep needs and hungers. Then figure out new ways to cope. Notice your reactions to the following feelings. HOW do you respond?

Feeling Words

Happy

Festive

Contented

Hopeful

Proud

Excited

Peaceful

Joyous

Enthusiastic

Glad

Pleased

Cheerful

Playful

Lighthearted

Social

Surprised

 

Angry

Resentful

Irritated

Impatient

Bitter

Enraged

Sulky

Frustrated

Fuming

Angry

Overwhelmed

Up in arms

 

Anxious

Fearful
Guilty
Nervous
Afraid
Fidgety
Helpless
Panicked
Alarmed
Insecure
Confused
Suspicious
Over busy
Over hungry
Overwhelmed
Out of control
Impatient
Disheartened
Tired
Exhausted

 

Hurt

Injured

Grieved

Ashamed

In pain

Suffering

Crushed

Victimized

Heartbroken

In despair

“Poor me”

 

 

Sad

Cynical
Disappointed
Pessimistic
Lonely
Unhappy
Gloomy
Sad
Depressed
Discouraged
Low
Moody
ill at ease
Blue
In the dumps
Dejected
Rejected
Wanting to run away and hide
 

Each time you eat, take note of your feelings.

 

See a pattern?

 

Find non-food ways to soothe your feelings.

Ask: What’s going on?


Watch: P-HALT!

(Being too: Pressured - Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired!)


How can you plan an alternate response?

Come up with a Smart Plan?

 

© 2004, adapted with permission, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Health Education Services, Cultivating Health ™ Weight Management Kit

 

For a printable version of the feeling words in a PDF file, click here: Emotional Eating & Feeling Words- website.pdf

EXPLORE also: Reasons to Eat for ways to transform emotional eating patterns,  How to Work With Food Cravings, and Do You Experience a RAIN of Feelings?

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