Thursday, August 15, 2013

Podcast alert: Emotional eating

My mother's cat -- not sure what emotion she's feeling here

I will be on Margo's podcast tonight to discuss emotional eating. You can catch it live on BlogTalkRadio at 3:30 PM Pacific Time, which is 6:30 for me. It appears that Margo's website does the time zone conversion automatically, but if not, here is a converter. If you don't get to listen live, it will be recorded and available at the link after the show.

I have been thinking a bit about what I will talk about. I don't consciously do emotional eating -- I don't say to myself, "I had a bad day. Some (food item x) will make me feel better." Instead I will be grading a bad paper and suddenly have an overwhelming urge for a snack. 

I'm getting better at catching myself in the act and changing course.  Naming the feeling behind the urge is my biggest help. And then finding something else to do. I also do my best not to keep talking food in the house. I don't keep ice cream in my freezer. I don't bake often for this very reason. 

We will talk more about it on the podcast, of course, so feel free to share your ideas. What are your emotional eating triggers? How do you handle them?

I'm looking forward to talking to Margo again -- we were roomies at FitBloggin' and she's a lot of fun. Hope you can join us!

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