I have never been the thinnest women, but I have always cared about working out and watching what I eat. I do consider myself to be athletic. I have always been an emotional eater. So, whenever I am stressed to the max, or emotional, I eat..and eat….and eat. And, of course, what I am eating when I am emotional is nothing healthy.
I have noticed that since my father passed away and being diagnosed with depression, I have been doing a lot of emotional eating. I did take Lexapro for some time, but this caused a huge appetite increase for me and I gained a lot of weight on it. Now, I am on different medications for anxiety and depression, but I continue to emotional eat with my stress and depression. I just don’t take care of my body anymore and wish I would. I want to end this disease of emotional eating because I have to deal with the grief of my parents for the rest of my life. I can’t keep emotional eating whenever I miss them and want to talk to them about life. I want to care about my body again and lose the weight that the Lexapro put on me. Does anyone out there know anything about stopping emotional eating? How do I overcome it? How do I tell my brain that food isn’t providing me comfort. That I don’t need to eat and my emotions are what is really telling me to eat?