Emotional Eating in Four Parts


Emotional eating is  complex and ever changing.   The next 4 blogs will help you explore emotional eating in your life.

At Green Mountain , a women’s weight loss spa, women talk about emotional eating as something in their lives that they can’t control.  In fact their eating overtakes them; they feel hopeless and discouraged. Wishing and wishing it wasn’t happening.

Starting to observe your eating and gathering information about your emotions can help you begin to move from the back passengers seat to the drivers seat.  By moving to the front seat, even if you aren’t on the drivers side, you can start learning more about how emotional eating works in your life.

This 4 part  series  will focus on one topic each week:

  • Gathering Information  (this week)
  • The Archaeological Dig
  • Habit Habit
  • Befriending Your Emotional Eating

Today we will focus on gathering information. Gathering information is about using a  curious mind instead of a judging.  Here are a few examples of questions that might help you in the gathering information phase.

  • What do you know about your eating?
  • When do you prefer to eat?
  • What time(s) do you emotionally eat?
  • Where do you eat, in your house or outside of it?
  • What are you using the food for?
  • Are you using food primarily for self soothing, numbing, something to do or ????

The process of gathering information is a practice of observing, as if you are looking through a camera at what is happening.  You are just looking for  facts and noticing what you can learn about your emotional eating without judgement.

What have you discovered as you gather information about your emotional eating?



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About the Author

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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