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How To Stop Emotional Eating Right Now

Hunger isn’t the only reason people start eating. People can eat out of boredom or loneliness, but they can also stress eat or emotionally eat, and none of these reasons end in healthy food choices. Emotional eating is quite common and used to make yourself feel better. You think that ice cream will lift your spirits or that a pizza will boost your mood. The reality is that your body pays the price for your emotional eating decisions.


What Is Emotional Eating?

Quite simply, people use food to make themselves feel better, as opposed to eating to satisfy hunger. The mind can often interpret emotional eating as a reward, causing the body to crave the unhealthy foods that are typically consumed when stressed or emotionally overwhelmed. The sad truth is that you cannot satisfy emotional hunger. It worsens when eating becomes the first response to negative thoughts or feelings. That indicates that change needs to happen.


How To Identify Emotional Or Physical Hunger?

  • Stress Eating: Stress commonly causes cravings for fatty, sugary, and high-calorie foods. The craving is often very specific. You don’t just want chips; rather, you want a specific bag of chips that you had at a street fair in 2007.
  • Emotional Eating: Emotional eating sneaks up on you quickly and causes you to crave something out of the blue. One minute you’ll be working on the computer, and the next you’ll have to have nachos in front of you.
  • Physical Hunger: When you are physically hungry, you are able to consider several options to satiate you, and you can even make healthier decisions. Physical hunger also comes on gradually, and you can acknowledge when you are comfortably full.


When emotions control your eating, you don’t listen to your stomach and you end up overeating. It is possible to practice mindful eating and change your emotional habits that have steered you away from healthy eating. To regain control over your eating habits and emotions, use the following tips.


Awareness Is Key:

Being aware of what and when you are eating is a great first step toward normalizing eating habits. Reading this article is a great first step toward awareness, assuming that emotional is an issue for you. It is crucial to practice mindful eating because emotional eating is often referred to as “mindless eating.” Before you can eat mindfully, you have to be aware of how you feel right before you reach for that candy bar. Maintain a food journal to help you eat mindfully, and start practicing mindfulness exercises like mediation or deep breathing. If you want to eat because you’re stressed, try cleaning your room or exercising instead of gorging on food.


Wait It Out:

People who stress eat feel as though they need to satisfy their hunger immediately, otherwise the craving will intensify. When you practice delaying your urge to eat, you’ll find that the craving passes. Make a pact with yourself to wait out your craving and not give in to your emotions. Allow the craving to pass and move on.


Identify Your Emotional Trigger:

What makes you reach for food to seek comfort? People can turn to food to bottle up emotions they don’t want to deal with, to relieve boredom, or to fill a void. Numbing yourself with food or using it as a distraction may not only lead to weight gain, but also serious emotional distress that takes a toll on the body’s organs and systems. You have to find other ways to feed your feelings.


Unlearn Your Bad Habits:

Much like any bad habit, emotional eating can be reversed if you work at it. The problem with frequent stress eating is that you are often eating bad food before you realize it. Once you can identify your emotional trigger, you can begin to unlearn your habit of reaching for unhealthy food. It can take time, but you can do it!


Try Healthy Alternatives:

If you try all the tips in this article and nothing seems to work, indulge your cravings with healthier options. If you crave a sugary soda, opt for plain sparkling water; choose celery or carrot sticks with hummus instead of a bag of chips; or enjoy a nibble of dark chocolate instead of eating an entire chocolate muffin.







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    Q: I have had gastric sleeve surgery and I have hit a wall with my weight loss due to a number of physical challenges and overall eating poorly (I am an emotional eater and have been very depressed due to my physical challenges). I am required to have between 80 and 100 grams of protein daily as a result of my surgery. Would you recommend the full body cleanse for someone like me? If so, would there be any modifications that you would recommend?

    A: The cleanse is still okay for you to do. Some people experience difficulties digesting capsules after having the procedure. If this applies to you we recommend doing the Liquid Version of the Full Body Cleanse. The capsules are always more potent however. You do have the option of emptying the contents of the capsules into freshly squeezed juices, smoothies or herbal teas. http://dherbs.com/store/liquid-full-body-cleanse-p-560.html

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    Q: Hi, I am currently on the Anti-Viral Cleanse and I can feel that it is working. Mainly I am noticing I'm having dreams of past experiences which have emotional trauma which I have associated with having herpes. These are really intense and I know they are the herbs working as these are memories I have tried to repress for years. Is there anything you recommend to help shift this stored energy? I think I need help to move these emotions or the healing won't be complete. Also - I forgot to take the pills for an entire day and a half on the cleanse as I was delayed at a work conference. Will this break the entire cleanse and I need to start from the beginning again? I look forward to hearing from you, Emily Steckelbruck +61 413 391 064


    Sometimes your emotions does affect the healing process. You can try using some of the Elixirs to help clear out your emotions of the past like the Aura Cleansing Elixir or the Anti-Negative Thoughts Elixir. You can also try the Aromatherapy Inhalers. If it's still the same day you that you forget to take one of the formula's you can still take it at a later time.

    If you forget and it's the day after just continue on without it or add an extra day to the cleanse. Taking them out of order doesn't have an effect on your cleanse as long as you're still taking the supplements daily. The schedule can be adjusted according to you personal time, just be sure that the hours in between are the same as listed in the manual. It is significant to follow the regiment exactly.

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    Q: I want to stop eating meat but I don?t know what type of tofu I should start eating I'm so use to eating meat...should I substitute meat and start eating tofu.is Tofu bad or good.


    Check out our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle manual ($11) and look under MEAT ALTERNATIVES! There are many tofu brands that are safe and beneficial.

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    Q: What do you tell someone that believes that eating meat is better than eating products not made of meat such as wheat pasta, brown rice, etc. My wife eats way too much meat, and she always says that she needs it for the protein. She doesn't work out or exercise regularly so I see it as just an excuse to continue the same old behavior. She's 5'6" and 205lbs and I think she should weigh 140 - 145 max. She's 43 years old and suffers from high blood pressure and swelling in the legs.


    We provide you with all the ammo you need in our free articles. Read the articles WHAT IS MEAT?, PROTEIN PROPAGANDA, THE DANGERS OF EATING MEAT, etc. You'll have all the ammo you need to counteract or retort any meat-eater's argument about eating dead animal flesh!

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    Q: Hi. I am working to improve my life both spiritually and physically. I believe that once my life spiritually is in order all else will follow - abundant health, prosperity, joy, etc. I know that I have a lot of deep emotional scars, some known and unknown that need to be uprooted and diffused. I am currently going through the Sedona Method home course and want to know what else I can do to aid in my permanent emotional releasing process?


    I think you will benefit from a spiritual consultation, Beloved. Please consider scheduling a consultation so we may interact one-on-one and not via a general e-mail. I am more effective via discovering your vibrational diagnosis. Thank you for your interest in Dherbs.com. Please read some of our free articles too - the ones that resonate with you!

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    Q: You listed that stress, and eating meats are causes of hair loss, How come some people have a full heads of hair, and eat all sorts of meats?


    Strong genetic predisposition, plus, the harm from eating meat will manifest in weak energy areas. The hair of the head may not be their weak energy area.

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    Q: It's been 2 weeks now since, I started eating exclusively raw. I'm even baking whole wheat bread in the sun. This was a great substitute for the cooked rice I used to eat. I'm also eating quite a large amount of grapes (red and white), as my body seems to ask for it. But recently, I noticed that my heart is beating quite strongly, and I find difficulty to bear the hot weather as a consequence. Also, I noticed a white pimple on the tip of my tongue, and this was a confirmation that there was maybe too much stimulating energy in the heart (according to oriental diagnosis of the tongue). When I eat sun baked bread, I automatically feel heat in the body. So I'm wondering if this is a good food to continue with or not. Isn't it more "neutral" (in terms of energy) to include a small portion of cooked brown rice along with the raw regimen? Just want remind you of my health issue: HPV and bacteria in the urinary tract.


    Greetings! No need to feel helpless. Feeling is very powerful and you will attract more of what you are feeling if you don't control your feeling. Please consider ordering and READING (digesting) our "Mental Science Manual" and "The Love Manual" e-books. If you had sex with the guy who cheated on you, you ignited stored residual feelings from the initial violation of your trust. Forgive yourself (and him) and move on. Okay, as far as the sun baked bread, LISTEN to your body. If you're feeling heat, it's stimulating. Cut back on eating this bread. Go back to a little brown or wild rice (very balancing). Remember to detoxify your body periodically! Full Body Detox and Anti-Viral Formula.

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    Q: I am on day 17 of the Full Body Detox. It has been wonderful, although I have slipped up and made some bad food choices I have been able to stick to eating salads and Fruit and nuts. I have lost 5 pounds overall. I have Cogan's Syndrome. I stopped taking my azathioprine, Iron pill, and fish oils while on the Detox. I feel great aside from my Tinnitus in my left ear is ringing tremendously loud. Other than that I feel great. My skin looks so much better. My prednisone steroid hump in my back has gone away. My teeth look whiter. My eyes are whiter. Blemishes are gone. I just don't know what to do after I am done with this detox. I know that I need to continue with this particular diet because it is good to & for me. I can do that, however I just don't want to have low iron, tinnitus, or vertigo spells. What would you recommend I take after the full body cleanse. My mother has seen a difference in me and so has my husband. I love this, I can't wait to see my rheumatologist so he can tell me that my Cogan's Syndrome is in remmission. What should I do next?


    Thank you for sharing this with us. We're so happy to hear that the cleanse is going well for you. We suggest trying the Ear Oil to help bring relief from tinnitus. You can also try the Joint Aid and the MSM Sulfur to help specifically help address arthritis. If you're experiencing eye issues from Cogan's Syndrome we suggest using the Eye Formula. Continuing with a balanced diet is best as it is responsible for some of the success you were able to achieve with the cleanse. We suggest consuming two raw meals a day and one of your choice to help continue the healing process.

    Please take the time to read the article:


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    Q: What would you suggest in help kicking the ice eating habit? What could be the cause of craving ice?



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    Q: I've been eating vegan (mostly raw) for nearly 2 years. In the first year, I lost about 60 pounds. I still have about 50 more to lose and it hasn't budged in almost a year. I hear conflicting info about what sort of exercise would be best - cardio vs. strength. And any time I up my exercise, my hunger gets out of control. Any suggestions?


    Thanks for the question. The most efficient way to lose weight from working out are high rep/low weight circuit training and through HIIT (high intensity interval training).

    Your goal should be to increase metabolism and fat burning potential throughout the day. Both HIIT and circuit weight training are both effective. To be maximized you should exercise for 1 hour 5-6 times a week. You could alternate between cardio days and circuit training days. Here is an example.


    Mon: HIIT

    Tues: Circuit training

    Wed: rest

    Thurs: HIIT

    Fri: Circuit training

    Sat: HIIT

    Sun: Rest


    Here is an example of a circuit and  HIIT


    Circuit. 15-20 reps 1 minute rest between sets. repeat for 20-30 minutes. (feel free to use the template and build your own)

    Upper: pushups

    Lower: Squats

    Core: Crunches

    Plyo: Burpees

    Upper: Clean and press or curl to press

    Lower: Alternating weighted lunges

    Core: Reverse crunches

    Plyo: Step ups 


    HIIT (can be done on almost any cardio machine)

    3 minute warmup

    -30 second sprint 

    -1 minute recovery

    *Repeat for 15 minutes to 30 minutes*

    3 minute cool down

    Top fat loss mistakes for cardio and weight training

    Cardio: Doing 1 speed with no resistance cardio. This kills me. Your fat burning potential begins and ends when you do. If it doesn't challenge you it will not change you. Atleast put the resistance on mountain or random. 

    Weight: Resting too long in between sets. Super sets are key here. Work one set while resting the other. Example of a superset is chest press and seated row together. Quad machine and ham machine. Pullup and shoulder press. 

    When you ramp up your metabolism you are going to have to eat more. Losing weight isn't about calories. Losing weight is about nutrient density. Here is a blog I did on eating for fitness and getting lean. http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/qa-eating-for-fitness-getting-lean


    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: I want to know if hot peppers can make someone break out (have pimples). I love eating spicy food with lots of pepper and I suffer from acne and pimples. I wanted to know if eating peppers have anything to do with it. Please do email me back.


    The answer is no! Please read our articles "ACNE" and "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER" in our articles section on our site.

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    Q: I am having problems digesting my food having gas bloating after eating I am 54 yrs female I am looking for digestive enzymes do you have any suggestions?


    Detox your body (see FULL BODY DETOX and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN). Perform these cleanses! Change your diet: go vegan and raw foods. There's so much you can do! You came to the right place. Please try our ENZYMES FORMULA as well as our DIGEST AID. Visit our on-line store!

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    Q: I have had trouble eating all live food. I'm still going to the bathroom a lot. I'm I still getting benefits of the FULL BODY DETOX.


    Simply do the BEST that you can do!

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    Q: I am interested in starting the Full Body Detox program. At this time, I would like to know which program is best for me. At current, I have started removing things from my diet as of 2 weeks ago (pork, chicken, red meat, I'm trying with the fish but it's hard!) I am not eating cheese but I still eat yogurt and every now and then I will eat a boiled egg (egg whites). I have removed soda from my diet, no coffee, I drink herbal or green tea, pomegranate juice or orange juice and I drink filtered water (I have a countertop filter that I change every 6 months and the Brita pitcher that I change every 2 months). Along with the supplement, is there an eating plan that you can suggest for me? I am eating more fruits and vegetables, but I would welcome suggestions on certain foods that I can eat while I begin my cleansing.


    The Full Body Detox kit comes with a prescribed dietary plan and notifies a person what they can and cannot eat during the detox.

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    Q: I am feeling sluggish daily, I have changed my eating habits and I do not take any medications, Can you recommend something for a sista.


    Your body is saying: DETOX! DETOX! DETOX! Give the FULL BODY DETOX a try!!!

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    Q: Thank you. I'm sure you can understand my concern. I already purchased the detox and I am on my third week. My body doesn't ache anymore. I stopped eating pork in 1994 stop eating meat 2008. What a relief your not funded by the rothchild family.


    The Rothschilds or any Illuminati member family would never finance me. I am here to help enlighten the people. We are purposefully kept sick and medicated so as to be easily controlled by these so-called Elites so as to easily bring in their New World Order.

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    Q: I have been experiencing diabetes for 14 years, using insulin twice daily along with another diabetes control pill (januvia). This has all been to no avail as I continue to suffer from the disease along with hypertension. As someone who has practiced spiritual principles for many, many years, I feel that I am pretty much in tune with my True Spirit. However, I realize that my eating habits and the use of medications are aiding in the continuance of the seeming illness. I would love to try your product but I have for many years suffered from a lost of control of appetite. The only program that has ever really helped to decrease my appetite was Atkins diet, which is near impossible to stay with. I lost weight and the sugars decreased. However, I was not able to continue eating only meats and virtually no fruit or veggies and therefore gained all the weight back. I even has a lap band inserted, which did nothing for the decrease of my appetite and I consequently found foods to eat which would go through the band. Please help!!


    Your situation is psychological and emotional in nature. Our Pancreas kit will greatly assist you (physically) in healing from diabetes. Please read our "Diabetes" article to better understand this insidious disease. You have work to do within, Beloved!

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    Q: Thank you for your responds to my letter. The reason why I want to gain weight is for a health reason not for looks. Society has nothing to do with me gaining weight. I'm 5'11 1/2" almost 6' and my weight is 137 lbs. Now to me I'm underweight for what I used to weight in my 20s. I was 150-160 lbs then but as I'd reached my 30s and having a lot of stress weigh down on me my eating habit as well my weight decrease to 120 - 130 lbs. So as you can see I had lost about 30-40 lbs. So yes I want to gain my weight so I can be happy and healthy. I understand that "gaining weight is gaining waste" if you are doing for the society or physical appearance. But that's not what I'm looking for, I'm doing it for my health. So if there a way for me to put the weight on; do you have a suggestion. I will appreciate it if not then thank you for taking the time to read my letters.



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    For digestive problems after a meal, we recommend Electric Greens Combo and/or Digestion Aid. These formulas can help your problem.

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    Q: I am interested in all the lessons you have tabled in the article section of Dherbs. On reading one article, I learned that pepper is a mucus irritant. I am concern because I have about read on some other blog about a doctor that cure cancer using pepper and garlic (credits to KELLY EIDEM). So, I have been eating raw hot pepper and garlic. So sir, I would like to learn if there is any side effects in eating hot pepper as you have mentioned that it's mucus irritant. Thanks. Your reader.


    Eating hot peppers has its benefits but excess consumption may eventually cause harm. It boils down to how often and how much of them you are eating. Organic doesn't make a thing necessarily good to eat. Organic peanut butter is better than regular or inorganic peanut butter but peanut butter is peanut butter and thus hard on the digestive process.