Are you an emotional eater?
Through my own healing process of emotional eating, I learned that until I was willing to call it what it was, there was no chance for me to overcome it. If we want to exercise those nasty craving demons, we must first name them. So, be brave, faithful warrior, this questionnaire is for YOU if you are ready to step into the truth of who YOU are and courageously meet yourself right in the depths of the shadowy things you've been hiding from, because that’s how you are going to come alive! Know that you are not alone because it’s been found that 70% of us are emotional eaters!
This quiz is from the book, Trim-Life: Diets Don't Work, the Power of the Mind Does, by Dianne Zimberoff. If you'd like to know more about Trim Life, click here.
Do you constantly think about food or your next opportunity to eat?
Have you made mistakes at work or school because you were thinking of binging on food?
Do you spend too much money on food?
Do you plan your day around getting food?
Do you have a need to binge after a period of time when you could not eat?
Do you finish before everyone else or feel like you inhale your food?
Do you eat your food in a ritualistic manner?
Do you go to the store for one thing and come out with extra?
Have you ever eaten something that normally you would find disgusting: stale cookie, something you’ve put in the garbage, a still-frozen pizza or pie?
Do you hide food in the house, drawers, your car, your desk?
Have you ever made excuses for overeating?
Have you lied about how much or how little food you had eaten?
Do you get angry if someone comments on your eating or weight?
Have you become verbally abusive or avoidant with family or friends because of their comments about your weight or food?
Do you see yourself as thinner or heavier than others see you?
Do you feel confused when over- or under-eating?
If you feel fat, do you think that you are no good?
Have you been embarrassed by someone catching you binging, purging or throwing away your food?
Have you stopped eating/fasted for two days or more to control eating/lose weight?
Have your values been compromised?
Have you experienced an increased tolerance for over-eating, i.e., does it take more and more to satisfy you?
Do you experience periods when you cannot stop eating except by interruption or sleep?
Have you tried several weight loss/food control methods or diets?
Have others expressed concerns about your eating, weight or behaviors around food?
Have you experienced the shakes, tremors, feeling as though you may pass out?
If you eat sugar or carbohydrate foods, do you crave more?
Have you ever put food (getting or avoiding it) before a friend, spouse or child?
Can you think back to times as a child or now when food seemed like a friend or enemy?
Have you identified an emotional emptiness that seems to get bigger each time you over-eat?
Do you feel shame about your eating or not eating?
Do you go through drive-throughs so people won’t see you or go to different places so you won’t be recognized?
Do you experience a ‘high’ when you eat?
Have you been unaware of finishing an entire container of something until after it was all gone?
Are there times when you hate your body or parts of your body?
Have you wished that you would die to end the circle of eating and dieting?
Is it difficult or impossible for you to leave food on your plate?
If there is something in the house that you enjoy eating, do you think about it so much that you finally have to eat it?
Do you feel as if food controls you, rather than the other way around?
Have you ever or do you now binge and throw up?
I am not going to tell you that if you answered yes to ten questions, you, my dear are an emotional eater. No, I think these questions are powerful and simply by reflecting on them and dropping down into your body to notice what you feel as you read them and you'll know if emotional eating is eating you. Do you feel 'caught', shame, sadness, hopeless? And if you think your answer is yes, consider working with a coach or other expert who can help you overcome it. Take it from me, you can heal your life and you can have a healthy relationship with food and your body!
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Are you an emotional eater?
Chichen Itza, Mexico 2015