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nearlyreadytopop Wed 30-Dec-15 17:23:40

This could be a bit long but:
I am over weight -3 stone over weight to be exact. I have lost 2stone in the past year through slimming world and exercise.
The past few months I've found it very hard to stick to any healthy eating. I'm not even hungry and I will eat whatever's in front of me. I went back to work after maternity leave in Sept and my resolve has fallen apart.
I want to be healthy, I hate looking pregnant (I carry most weight on my middle). I started running, biking and took part in an adventure race over the summer. When it was all going well I couldn't have felt happier. Now I just feel in a haze. I have no energy, in work I feel the need to eat constantly. In the evenings I rush in through the door and while rushing to make dinner/do home works etc I eat whatever sugary food is in the cupboard.
I think I need to work out why I'm over eating. I've had cbt in the past for other reasons and it was very helpful. I'm wondering if there is anything like CBT that could help with emotional eating or do I simply need to "get a hold of myself".

Ta1kinPeece Thu 31-Dec-15 15:11:34

Sign yourself up onto MyFitnessPal
set it to maintain your current weight
just log what you are eating, every last morsel
do not try to change anything at all, just get to where you understand exactly what you are eating

at the same time, keep a mood / food diary
record what you are feeling when you want to reach for food
and what you are feeling when you do not

managing food intake is all about control
you need to find other ways to take control
but first you have to learn what your own personal triggers are

for a couple of weeks just record what you eat and how you feel and see what happens
start right now

you might be pleasantly surprised smile

FelicityFunknickle Tue 05-Jan-16 14:36:34

I was just like this when I went back after mat leave.
And now I have gained over two stone.
Exercise is great but really doesnt shift the weight. I had got in a rut of sugar addiction (often in the form of wine tbh)
When I sleep better everything improves. I am starting low carbing as I think it's the most helpful way for me personally, to break the sugar habit.

ThriveAlive Fri 08-Jan-16 22:37:26

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ThriveAlive Fri 08-Jan-16 22:40:13

How old are you? The menopause can have a significant impact on emotional eating as we have reduced serotonin levels.

ThriveAlive Fri 08-Jan-16 22:41:55

Look at your coffee intake. It spikes your insulin levels, making sugar cravings follow as you crash......

futureme Fri 08-Jan-16 22:42:35

I'm finding beyond chocolate site reallyhelpful as it looks at the psychology of eating rather than diet tips.

nearlyreadytopop Sat 09-Jan-16 14:39:51

Thanks for all the helpful info.
Not menopausal yet.
Interested in the coffee idea, I do drink quite a lot in work.

Fourormore Sat 09-Jan-16 14:42:03

Beyond Chocolate is a great help. They have a good book too.
Also Geneen Roth has a book called Breaking Free from Emotional Eating.

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