1. I appreciate you writing this and covering this topic. I have had my own journey out of emotional eating and still have times when it pops up. At least now I know what it is when it happens and I have more tools to deal with it. Keep up the good work!!!

    • melissa

      Thank you! It is an important topic but no one that people like to personally discuss. Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  2. This is so thorough! I’ve never thought I had a problem with this until recently when I started eating chocolate anytime I’ve gotten stressed (which has been a lot recently -with two moves in less than 2 years and a baby born inbetween!!!) Thanks for sharing this.

    • melissa

      Oh my that’s a full plate! Some people go through bouts of emotional eating and others struggle with it on a more regular basis. Thank you for reading and commenting. God bless!

  3. I homeschool and do try to be really careful about not using food, especially sweets, as a reward for good behavior! Thanks for the reassurance on that line of thinking! 🙂

    • melissa

      It is certainly okay every once in a while but it shouldn’t be the only way that a child is getting reinforced. Unfortunately it tends to be the easiest way to reward our kids. Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

    • melissa

      Thank you for the recommendation. I haven’t read that one. I love Made to Crave. It was really beneficial for me personally. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

    • I know this sounds like I’m talking about drinking or drugs but the same patterns occur.
      And you are! It is the same. what are the feeling i am trying to run from or fill in my self because I feel lonely, angry, hurt, bored or worried or tired.

      Same with drugs or relationships or shopping. What is the root. I am working on the same thing myself. One of the funniest mindfulness suggestions i have heard is take a pic of your food before you eat it. It makes you stop think and visually see what you are doing.

      I agree with the above comment on Women, Food and God. Binging is binging whether it is drugs, food, exercise or tv. What is not getting nurtured that we are trying to escape from.

      • melissa

        So many are behavioral in nature, which certainly has its place, but without understanding the root you will never be released from stronghold. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. I never realized that emotional eating can be so progressive. I always eat cakes and any junk food with potato in it when I feel sad and anxious to get my psyche up. Wow I didn’t know it could be a problem.

    • melissa

      Everyone has their own vices if they are not careful. These tend to come in various forms of addiction. Emotional eating is just one form of self-medicating that can become addictive. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

  5. Melissa, Thanks for writing so honestly. I know the struggle too too well. I am looking forward to your next post! I love Made to Crave and my big takeway is: Are we deprived? or Enpowered?! Boom!

    • melissa

      Made to Crave was incredibly helpful for me, too. I believe many women know the struggle but it isn’t a topic many women talk or discuss because of the guilt and shame associated. Thank you for reading and commenting. God bless!

  6. Thank you so much for this post, emotional eating is something I’ve struggled with for years; though I recognized it early in my adult life, I still struggle with it, and the guilt and shame when I give in. I am thankful you are bringing light to this very real problem.
    I found your link at Cheerleaders of Fath link up at Katie M. Reid’s blog this morning,
    God bless you, looking forward to part 2.

    • melissa

      Thank you for stopping by! Emotional eating is a topic that flies under the radar because of the guilt and shame. I think especially in the Christian community where a “good Christian woman” is supposed to have the appropriate self-control. I pray that these posts help others to not feel alone. Thank you for reading and commenting. God bless!

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