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Understanding why you turn to food is the key to changing it. Join in the discussion each week as Dr. Gould shares his valuable insights from over 30-years of clinical experience.

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Holiday Stuffing: More Family, More Feelings and More Food

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

The holidays are coming. The turkey sits tan and proud and shiny. Sweet potatoes of amber and molasses rest in the covered bowl. Pumpkin pies tempt and hold great promise. Tis the season of Thanksgiving and once again you will see if your pal... self control... will be present at the holiday table.

Have you ever wondered why you keep your face buried in marsh mellows when you're at the family table? Maybe it's time to take a look. For starters, check out the faces that surround you, a good place to look for clues. Pieces of your history are etched on each of them. For most of us, going home for Thanksgiving takes us on an internal journey through our childhood. Both the child in you and the adult are in conflict, and they will both be at the table.

It's going to be hard if you are an emotional eater. But we're here to help. We've created two free interactive tools to help you enjoy the family gathering, and your meal without stuffing yourself with feelings and food.

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You Are Not Alone

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I have said before that emotional eating is something that we all do to some extent. But when you come to Shrink Yourself we invite you to take a diagnostic that will let you see the "X-ray" of your particular relationship to food. This is the first step to breaking the emotional eating habit. While you are unique, I would like to offer you a look at the composite picture of the emotional eating profile and share my insights. As we look closer at the most common answers below, you may find yourself similar to others or you may find yourself having different issues. Ultimately however I am sure it will let you see that you are not alone.

Frustration, Food and Failure
Does this sound like you?


I would like to lose weight in order to fit into my clothes better, become physically healthier and have more energy. I would also like to look good and attract more attention, approval and respect from other people. I think that, if I were to lose weight, I would become less critical of myself and improve my self esteem.

However, when someone criticizes me, takes me for granted or misunderstands me, it hurts, so I turn to the comfort of food to make myself feel better. When I feel angry, insecure or frustrated, I tend to give into my cravings and find myself binging on junk food in private.

Also when I am anxious or depressed, eating makes me feel nurtured and gives me a sense of satisfaction and control. But then afterwards, I feel like a self-sabotaging failure and incapable of losing weight.

This pattern of feeling frustrated, turning to food and then thinking that I failed, keeps me swimming in a pond of shame and guilt. Then the "perfectionist" in me just gives up, even though I know I am not getting enough satisfaction out of life!


In order to do the work of breaking the emotional eating habit (and yes, it does take work), you have to know what you hope to achieve by all this work. That is, what motivates you to change?

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