Women drink to cope with stress, anxiety and depression.
It’s the same with food, really . . .
Food has become an easy and reliable friend, a cheap source of comfort and support.
Here are 7 signs of a compulsive eater:
1. I’m not hungry, but I NEED something to eat.
We ALL do emotional eating or stress eating occasionally, but when you go from wanting something to NEEDING something to calm down, etc, then you know there’s a problem.
2. You find yourself spending time planning when you can eat, hoping your spouse will go to work or your kids will go to bed, so you can eat alone.
3. Your whole life becomes focused around food – when you are going to eat, what you are going to eat . . . what you can have . . . what you can’t have . . . what you *should* have . . . what you *shouldn’t* have . . . what you are going to have when you stop restricting yourself.
4. You try to control it – you make lots of rules around it – I won’t eat a lot of carbs . . . I won’t eat after 8 p.m. . . . I’ll only eat 3 meals per day . . . I’ll only have one…
5. You make promises to yourself – I’ll stop tomorrow . . . I’ll start over on Monday . . . I’ll work out extra hard tomorrow…
6. You avoid social situations because of the food, or you are attracted to social situations because of the food . . . free food is irresistible.
7. You begin to tell yourself stories about why this is OK – I’m celebrating . . . I’ve worked so hard . . . I deserve it . . . I can’t watch TV and not eat . . . we always overeat on Thanksgiving…
If you recognize yourself in this list, don’t despair – there is help!
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