Binge eating isn’t just a “woman’s” problem: both women and men struggle with emotional issues that can lead them to “stuff” their feelings by grabbing food. Personally, I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. Some people have said, “Well, no wonder you have a hard time staying skinny, you’re a foodie!” But being a “Foodie” and being “Obese” do not have to be “siblings.” Yes, it is possible to enjoy food without being overweight or obese. (Just look at my husband as proof.) But for those of us who turn to food for emotional support, obesity is an eventuality.
My friend, Andrew Walen, a psychologist in MD, was recently featured on the Today Show because of his willingness to share his struggle with food and with weight. Because I know quite a few people who struggle with this challenge, I decided to share his segment:
I am back on track today (Monday) and have started tracking my food and exercise. Seeing Andrew was a good reminder for me of the things that I must to do combat my emotional eating: like taking a break from the computer and going for a bike ride with my daughter. And that is what I am about to do right now!
What do you do to avoid “Emotional Eating?”
My name is Renee Keats and I'm not really a Windy City Momma. Oh! I started out that way: the child was, in fact, born in the city of Chicago. But after fighting off the prostitutes checking their voicemail under my fire escape, we decided to move to the 'burbs. Now, like many of my Gen X "sisters," I'm a city gal living in a suburban house...for now.
I also recently discovered my my super hero skill and I didn't even need to hide out in a phone booth or a bat cave to find it. Give you a guess, it's not parenting. It's helping people learn a bit about health care and how navigate the wonderful world of 21st Century health care.
In a nutshell, I have 3 passions (in no particular order): Chicago, Parenting and Healthcare.
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