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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

How to Overcome Emotional Eating

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Q & A Wednesday

Hello everyone!! Happy Wednesday! Today’s VLOG is all about emotional eating. This video is LONG, like as long as a sitcom… I’m sorry, I honestly had no idea that I was rambling on for 30 mins!

Emotional eating is such a complex topic and I could probably make 10 more 30min videos on the subject!! I hope you get some perspective and helpful tips here; you may also want to read a previous article I wrote called How Do I Stop Binge Eating?!?!?. The nice thing is that while the focus primarily on food, these principles really do apply to all aspects of life. Lots of love to you guys! xo

Here’s a lovely bit of inspiration I found via pinterest that ties in nicely to today’s vlog.


You guys are awesome and please, please, please don’t ever forget it!! I would love to hear your stories of emotional eating, tips, info on how you got through it, or areas that you are struggling with. Let’s all work together and support each other toward healthier habits!! If you have a question or comments for next week’s Q & A, please leave it in the comments section down below! xo

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26 Responses to “How to Overcome Emotional Eating”

  1. Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Ur so amazing!!! And I’m hangin on ur every word! Keep it up gorgeous girl!! Thk u!:)(i gotta work on the coffee..that one’s tough:))but I will!:)green smoothies make it a lil easier tho:))

  2. Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    And..that coffee comment was random…I LOVED the emotional eating part. It’s so huge:))&..it’s not really about food!! Ur inspiring:)

  3. Leah Smith January 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    I think I have a very positive relashionship with food. I don’t feel like I ever eat because of stress or to “stuff the emotions” – or atleast I do that A LOT less often than when I was younger. But, what if you want that cookie, just simply because it tastes good, maybe you are a little hungry, and want the sweetness, the texture, etc?

    • Linda January 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

      Hi Leah,
      Thanks for your question 🙂
      If you feel good eating a cookie or sweet treat because you desire the taste or the texture, there is nothing wrong with that! This vlog is geared towards people who are in a cycle of over eating, eating when they’re not hungry, beating themselves up about their food choices, and then using mistakes as a reason to continue bad habits. If you are in a healthy place with food and still feel happy, content, healthy, and at peace after a sweet treat, then you’re ahead of the game! I said this in the video, that it’s not bad to eat a cookie (for example) as long as it’s done with love! For most people it’s more of a battle of temptation for something they know is not going to make them feel well or get them closer to their goal. Then they beat themselves up and it becomes a vicious cycle… I hope that helps! xo

  4. Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Thank you so much for this! 😀

  5. Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    So glad you guys got something out of it! I was worried since I kind of went off on a 30min tangent! I thought there was some good stuff in there that people needed to hear so I’m glad that you were inspired! Love you guys! <3 <3

  6. Yesenia Carrillo January 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    “Do not reward yourself with food, you are Not a dog” WOW!!!! This hit me like a ton of bricks and I think THIS will be my affirmation to repeat to myself every time I get that naughty thinking.. I am Not a dog.. I am not a dog.. I am not a dog.. lol! Instead, I will put my energies into foods that love me back, not the ones that only I love.. Instead,
    i’ll put that money aside and save up for some true spoiling for myself such as a manicure, pedicure, facial, etc..
    Thank you for your inspiring words, and your honest advice. The world is a better place with people like you in it.

  7. Yesenia Carrillo January 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    So now I have a question, what would you recommend to someone who is on the road (i.e. in the air) most of the time for work in regards to healthy eating, healthy food packing for atleast 3-4 days at a time with nothing more available than maybe a lunch cooler and a hotel fridge? My boyfriend is a flight attendant and its so difficult for him to pack for this amount of days and still eat healthy when he’s on his trips. Hotel restaurants dont offer many choices that are healthy, and he doesnt have the ability to pre-make any juices or smoothies without them oxidizing on him plus theres the whole lugging empty containers around after a couple days. We’re trying to find a system that works but havent quite figured it out yet..

  8. Caitlin January 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    Really good video with points that had resonance, especially “What is the food doing for me.” Such a good thing to be able to ask yourself, I’ll definitely keep that in mind! I just wanted to ask your thoughts on two things: first, how would you keep positive and healthy working in a restaurant environment? A free meal a shift saves money, but it sure hasn’t helped out my waistline, and it throws my entire eating schedule off so I’m eating too late and having too much time between meals (aka STARVING!). Also, I’m a fairly healthy eater, but my roommate is absolutely NOT. It’s possibly the most toxic relationship in my life, and it’s one that I have absolutely no choice in getting rid of; roomie is my brother. How can/ should I stay more positive when home is not so much a home and work is a refuge?

  9. Maria January 26, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    Hello Linda!
    I really appreciate this vlog. Very timely for me. I am definitely one of those people who works out then has a cookie….or ten. It’s like once I start I can’t stop and then I feel even worse and almost don’t want to work out because I blame my binge on the workout! Ridiculous! Since finding your blog a couple weeks ago I’ve really been working on being mindful of what I’m eating. I used to have a huge ice coffee every morning (homemade so healthy right? NOT. full of flavored creamer and splenda/sugar mix) and at first it was awesome, but then it just wasn’t enough so I’d have two and sometimes even three and feel worse and worse and worse…) I am still having ONE small cup of coffee in the morning, but I’m about to kick that too. The smoothies make me feel good! I think that how all this crap makes me feel has been where I’ve been missing. It all becomes such a cycle…a dog chasing its tail as you said. Perfect analogy.
    Anyway, I’m off to buy more organic spinach and a super bright flashlight…time to get to work. Thanks for what you do. You’re a saint. xo

  10. Erin January 26, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    So I’m new to your website, but I have to say that this post couldn’t have been more timely. Sweet is my downfall. Everything else I eat is healthy, but my sweet tooth is my downfall, and I’m sure it’s all emotionally driven. I need to remind myself that I can over come my sweet tooth. Thank you for the vlog.

  11. Anonymous January 26, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Great post Linda! I learn so much “good stuff” from you and your blog. Thankyou so much xx

  12. Heather January 26, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I just wanted to say thanks for posting. I follow you on facebook and every morning when I see your posts or videos it motivates me to make the right decision for breakfast. My weakness is that I love to cook and bake…. baking is the problem..lol. I like to bake for people….and Not that I think it has to be bad for you to be good, but I just don’t know where to begin with healthy baking…is it an oxymoron?

  13. Cathy January 26, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    This was a great blog! Thank you so much, I really hot a lot out of it. 🙂

  14. Lora January 26, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Your voice is so soothing Linda, this video cheered me right up! You’re really glowing and it’s so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Kibby January 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Linda, I could listen to you all day long! What an awesome vlog! I could totally relate to a lot of it. I have worked on myself a lot and still am – it is an ever continuing journey of self growth and love. I look back at where I was several years ago, several months ago, even several weeks or days and I have grown and love myself more – what a journey. I am the same as you where the “self deprecating grumbles” come into my head and find myself aware of them and telling myself “I love and appreciate myself” over and over till the “grumbles” are gone. Everything in my life (food, relationships, thoughts, clothes, makeup, cleaning, dogs, etc.), I look at how it benefits and nourishes me on all levels. If I look at a slice of pizza (when shopping at Harry’s Market) and think “oh, that looks so good” – I’ll stop myself and say “Yea, but how would I feel after eating it – bloated, gassy, ooky (I know it’s not a word, but I use it), not good, so then it is not as appealing and it doesn’t have power over me. I have the power to make the right choice for me to go get a freshly squeezed green juice from the juice bar and know that THAT is what is THE BEST thing for me (emotionally, physically) and then I feel great to be in a loving place and that emits from me to others. We all have our moments but it is having the AWARENESS. Be present and aware. Like Linda says, take a deep breath when you are stressed, stretched, whatever, and get present with yourself and do the BEST for yourself. I have little conversations with myself sometimes (just like the little devil and angel on your shoulders) and work it out. The affirmations do WONDERS! Give it a try, you’ll be surprised. Sorry I babbled. I just agree with everything you said and try to implement it in my daily life too. I always think “I am worth it” when it comes to making positive decisions for myself. It has a ripple effect in other parts of your life when you really believe and live it. Thanks, Linda! You are FABULOUS!

    • Sunshine February 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      so inspiring! thanks for posting! i just love everyone on this blog:)

  16. Anonymous January 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Hey Linda! I really enjoyed your video, especially the part about toxic relationships (i definitly needed to hear that since i just quit one and just started to have douts about that decision – not anymore!)

  17. Anonymous January 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    anyway what i wanted to ask was this: i know that binge eating isn´t a good thing at all but it´s pretty hard to just stop from one moment to the other. so what if you just try to eat different foods? like binge eat on oranges or carrots or cucumbers? would that be an in-between-solution? or just try it the hard way and stop all together (even that might not work and take much longer?)

  18. Anonymous January 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Lena Stoiber, yes it’s definitely better to binge on healthier foods 😉 That’s usually the next step for most people. When I’m feeling really “bingey” I will make myself a nice meal instead of an bunch of snacky stuff. It makes a huge difference and is more of an act of love and nourishment on all levels then just constantly snacking, snacking, snacking!! Even having something like a green smoothie or green juice helps A LOT!! That’s because our cravings are actually for MINERALS but we tend to go for empty calories and so the binge cycle continues b/c we never get what our bodies actually need…

  19. Karen K. Trepte February 4, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Linda…thank you sooo much for doing these vlogs! It is inspiring to see you in person. It is like listening to you right next to me and I love the long ones! Your blog is great and you are a wonderful inspiring coach! You are teaching me to keep going with babysteps. Time for bed but I really wanted to get this typed in here.

    Love,

    Karen

    • Linda February 4, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      Thank you Karen, it is my pleasure! Especially when I know that wonderful people like you are getting so much benefit from them!! Any ideas for next week?

  20. Sunshine February 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    this was so beautiful. im a teenage girl who does ballett and this something i’ve been struggling with a lot but this is an amazing start with amazing answers and thoughts that really will help me and can apply to my life. thank you sooo much for doing this. you are really inspiring and i appreciate what you are doing. don’t ever stop<3

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      you are so welcome!! Thank YOU for being here!! xo

  21. Daniella April 23, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Lovely post, thanks for sharing all of that! You’re videos are great.

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Thank you!! xo