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I want to eat when I'm angry


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I had a fight with my partner on Wednesday and all I wanted to do was go get a pizza. Which I did, rented a hotel room, cause we were still mid fight and I didn't want to go home and ate the whole thing.
What is it about anger that makes me what to eat bad things, I mean I wasn't craving tofu, I craved pizza.

But really, why when I'm angry? Does anyone have any tips to overcome this hurdle?
Thanks!
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I use to eat when I was angry I would sit in my car and down an entire half gallon of cold stone Ice cream and not the lite kind come to think of it I don't belive they have lite. Anyway I started cleaning my house when ever I had a stressful day or was angry/ fighting with my husband. THere Are times I think he gets me mad so I will clean. SO my tip is to grab a broom or mop and clean till you settle down. Then try talking with your partner after you both settle down. Hope this works for you but if you hate cleaning sorry. Just think cleaning does burn calories. Good Luck
You probably eat when you're angry because when a person diets it's always in the back of their mind, so you get angry and you get in a mind set like forget the world so you're like i'll show that i just dont care about any of it any more by eating i just dont care... at least that's how i am...

but like mbuaer77 said, try taking out frustration through cleaning or some other means to focus your anger
I'm an emotional eater too (especially when angry or upset). I exercise when I get like this, such as a walk in the fresh air, also the endorphins from the exercise will cheer you up, think of it as quality thinking time.
This might sound silly but eat cocoa nibs. They contain the same stimulants as chocolate and elevate your mood without the calories. I have them with a handful of raw almonds as a snack

I'm an emotional eater as well.  The only emotion I don't eat for is happiness lol

I think it's more a comfort thing.  Pizza doesn't do good things for your body, but it was probably a food you enjoyed quite a bit so your body wants to feel content again and it's like "Hey, I was happy eating pizza, that's what I need right now!!"

I very much am the same way.  I personally found that writing out what I'm mad about and what emotions I have and try to find a solution while writing it down has helped me.  That way I'm turning my thoughts into solutions instead of the problem which makes me want to eat.  I still time to time turn to fatty foods when I'm frustrated, angry, or sad but I try to realize what emotions i am trying to cover with the food, and try to face them head on.  

 

The frustrated part with your partner....my husband and i have learned to say "I'm at a a level 10" that means "I'm about to blow...so don't f* with me right now" this has helped us both walk away from each other so it doesn't get any worse...and then come back when we are both calm.

 

Hope this helps :)

Just keep saying this to yourself:  "If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the solution.  The answer is not inside the refrigerator (or this pizza box)."  Comfort food temporarily comforts us, that's why we call it comfort food.  But the relief is very brief and the guilt/regret lasts much longer.  Don't do that to yourself.  Remember, if hunger isn't the problem, you won't find an answer inside the pizza box.

Woaw that is a great idea. I am going to look for them in my local market.

Original Post by momjoes:

Just keep saying this to yourself:  "If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the solution.  The answer is not inside the refrigerator (or this pizza box)."  Comfort food temporarily comforts us, that's why we call it comfort food.  But the relief is very brief and the guilt/regret lasts much longer.  Don't do that to yourself.  Remember, if hunger isn't the problem, you won't find an answer inside the pizza box.

This is an amazing quote!!! I need to post that up in my house!

Original Post by ahartkorn:

Original Post by momjoes:

Just keep saying this to yourself:  "If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the solution.  The answer is not inside the refrigerator (or this pizza box)."  Comfort food temporarily comforts us, that's why we call it comfort food.  But the relief is very brief and the guilt/regret lasts much longer.  Don't do that to yourself.  Remember, if hunger isn't the problem, you won't find an answer inside the pizza box.

This is an amazing quote!!! I need to post that up in my house!

But you will find the immediate answers just as you are IN that moment if you see Julia Cameron's Book "Write Yourself Right-Size." So simple but so so so profound a tool to take this great bolded quote above the next step that you HONESTLY can and want to!!! All in each chapter with very short immediate excercises to do this EXACT thing. I truly hope it inspires and helps you!!

http://www.josiespinardi.com/index.html

This chick's books are so helpful for giving ideas on how to deal with emotional/non-hunger directed eating. 

 

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I am lucky when i am angry i cant eat.... so may be you should have your favourite junk food alternative in the freezer and then eat the healthy version because pizza can be very healthy if you use the right ingredients eg. flat bread pizza base, pizza or taco sauce  tomatoes, basil, onion and low fat boccachini cheese..tastes great.

Some great books to check out on the topic of emotional eating:

The Rules Of "Normal" Eating -  by Karen Koenig.  Offers simple, clear strategies for what to do when you are at that emotional moment.

The Beck Diet Solution - by Judith S. Beck.  A six week behavioural change program based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) that provides many tools for coping with the inevitable challenges of weight-loss, including dealing with uncomfortable emotions without using food.

Some quick ideas: 

  • go for a walk around the neighbourhood and work off some of that anger/clear your head.
  • soothe yourself with a bubble bath, soft music, foot massage etc
  • go dig in your garden if you have one
  • drink some soothing herbal tea or hot water
  • write in your journal- no one ever has to see it,  so let it all out
  • do an exercise DVD/play your Wii or Kinect
  • call trusted friend to vent
  • do some knitting/crocheting/other craft
  • if you still want to eat, grab an apple or some air-popped popcorn -crunchy food "goes with" angry emotions

 

Good luck and know that you CAN find ways to cope with life's ups and downs without abusing food! 

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