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    Get a Handle on Emotional Eating
    The Secret Sabotage of Your Weight Loss Program -- By Zach Van Hart

    Ever been angry or upset one minute and then on your couch eating the next, unable to remember why you started eating or how long you had spent munching? If so, then you have entered the world of emotional eating. It’s something than can happen to anyone, and one of the most common dieting obstacles out there.

    Emotional eating at its best passes after a few minutes. At its worst, it can take over your life and cause you to eat uncontrollably for extended periods of time. And according to nutritional experts, 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. So don’t worry, if you suffer from emotional eating, you are not alone.

    People often eat to relieve stress or to get something off their minds. The kicker is that stress, and the insulin jump that goes with it, may actually cause you to crave high sugar, high carbohydrate foods – foods that go straight to your waistline and cause you even more stress.

    Rather than munching, it's better to develop new skills for dealing with boredom, self-esteem issues and stress. Try to pinpoint the major reasons for your stress or unpleasant emotions, and see how you can turn the tide. Here are a few suggestions to combat your emotions:

    Get your trigger foods out of the house, get your crutch foods out of arms' reach
    Go for a walk or jog. Physical activity relieves stress.
    Do deep breathing and relaxation exercises
    Keep a reminder of your goal handy
    Talk to a friend
    Visit and post on the support message boards
    Surround yourself with positive reinforcers, like pictures and people
    Keep a journal that includes your best personal accomplishments
    Track your eating patterns, including when and why you pick up food.
    If you still seem to come back to food when your emotions get the best of you, you can at least be prepared. Eating large amounts of snacks is not a good thing. But if you eat low calorie foods, it’s not so bad. So stock the fridge with healthy alternatives--foods that have good nutritious value and are smaller in size. Here are a few food suggestions to keep within arms' reach:
    Apple or orange slices
    Carrot sticks
    Whole wheat toast
    Bran muffin
    Fruit smoothie

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    My trigger food is anything salty. I LOVE potato chips...I eat those when I'm angry or have any type of outburst of emotion. I should switch to pretzels those are salty and not too bad for you...right?

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    Salt helps regulate the acid-base balance in many body fluids including tears and blood. Too much salt will lead the kidney and liver to work overtime, thus taxing the body's immune and digestive system. Extra salts in the body also interferes with the natural elimination of other toxins from the body, such as uric acid, which can lead to Gout.

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