Roger Gould, M.D.  

Specialties: Mental Health, Wellness, emotional eating

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Emotional Eating: What Your Closet Says About You

Jul 09, 2014 - 3 comments

emotional eating


Weight Loss

"Thinking instead of eating." This is the mantra we often refer to, and work consistently on, in the Shrink Yourself Program. And it really is the foundation on which lasting weight loss and emotional eating control are built.

It sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Four words. Replace one action with the other. Then put into practice.

Why, then, are so many of us not doing it?


I've been around long enough to know that "thinking instead of eating" doesn't last 24/7, and that as human beings, we will all have our moments of weakness. The point to realize, though, is that once you cross that mental threshold, once you actually put into action "thinking instead of eating" a few times, it won't be lost, and you'll always be able to come back to it and strengthen it.

Think about that for a moment. By completing this task just a few times and experiencing the calm self-assuredness that comes with it, you'll now be able to keep it within your grasp for the next time.

In short, your mind will have seen a new way to look at food, and new habits will be ripe to be born.

String that together, say, once-a-day...maybe five-times-a-week..even thirty-times-a-month, and suddenly you've got a lot of avoided binges under your belt. A lot of candy left in the wrapper. A lot of unwanted pounds avoided.

And it all comes down to one simple word...



"I started cleaning my closet and giving away the clothes I would never wear, and plan to buy clothes that fit, after I lose all the weight I want to lose."

This "closet story" is one I've heard countless times over the years. And it usually arrives in someone's mind once they experience the power of "thinking instead of eating."

Your closet is a powerful place to define your intention. By looking in there, you see the complete history of your weight fluctuations. In there, you make the decision about what to wear, what to save and what you hope to wear.

Your closet can say, "I really don't believe I can ever be in control of myself and lose the weight I want." Or it can say, "I've experienced the confidence that thinking instead of eating provides, and I'm now making room for my better self."

Either way, the closet can be a physical manifestation of your intention. A place to set your goal into action.


Throughout all of this I make every effort to stress the word "experience." Like anything, I can sit here and prattle on about how powerful and wonderful something may be. But, just like driving a car for the first time, or falling in love for the first time, the power of the experience can only be measured by the person experiencing it.

My words can do none of it any real justice.

And so I hope you'll take a chance on yourself and pause long enough the next time you're tempted to binge in order to experience "thinking instead of eating."

The Pocket Hunger Coach is a wonderful tool to help you do just that.

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by makingwishes, Jul 12, 2014
Since cleaning out my closet and keeping 3 fat dresses, 3 fat tops, 3 fat slacks, I have lost 12 lbs. in 3 months. I brought out my pre-fat clothes, healthy size 10-12 ( for me.  At 60, some of my 7 & 8 s are no longer age appropriate. It does start with a mind set. I do not keep fatty snacks or sugar snacks. Instead I substituted ripe olives , apples, cheddar cheese and low fat cottage cheese, celery. when I feel hungry between meals, I drink 8 ounces of water followed by small portions of my snack foods and a short walk.
It seems to be working. I also have started me a new clothes saving fund.

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by GrandmaNita, Jul 20, 2014
Thank you! This is very encouraging. I've been "eating healthy" for about three months. Feel great but not losing weight. Using organic greens, carrots, peppers, parsley, celery, quinoa, rolled oats, ripe olives, Ceylon cinnamon, stevia, apples, dark cherries, vegetarian fed eggs, etc. Drink low sodium V-8 for potassium boost. Favorite drink is organic lemon juice lemonade with stevia. Wishing you every success!!!

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by real_jimmy, Jul 21, 2014
nothing like a morning walk...

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