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Hello Everyone. My name is Shelley and I am an Emotional Eater!

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This week I met with Rebecca (my nutritionist) for the first time; we had a wee two and a half hour introductory session to review “my life and eating habits” and talk all about food, nutrition, how and what I’ve done in the course of my life “diet wise” and how a “healthy makeover” will improve my life.

For those who don’t know me, a little background; I was raised in a large family with 5 brothers and sisters and in our house at meal time if you “took it” you “ate it.” There were also many times that I can remember having a “heated” discussion at our table and my escape was to bury my face in my plate. Hand to mouth, just eating and staying quite, hoping the conversation would not turn to “me” being the one getting the criticism of the day!

As I grew I was active, swimming and playing outside as a child and teen not having what I would call a “weight issue.” When I went to college my food intake consisted of Diet Coke and small meals, and I was pretty active; I went to a large university so I did lots of daily walking. A few years later, as a “bride” I survived on what I will call the “brides diet” of one meal and Diet Coke through the day so that I would look ever so thin at my wedding.

Even though there were just a few times that I would call how I ate as “dieting.” Food was always something that I “did.” As many with any type of obsessive problems “do” I “used” food. When I was happy, I ate, when I was sad, I ate when I did well on a test I ate to celebrate, when I did bad on a test I ate because I was upset, oh, I ate for just about any reason.

Over the course of the next 22 years my weight I would go up and down. I’d follow Adkins and lose 25 pounds and slowly it would creep back up, and then I’d get sick of what I looked like and then I would do Jenny Craig, or Weight Watchers, you name it I’ve done it! But I never realized what the real issue was…

I am an Emotional Eater!

My life is a wee bit stressful; I am the mom of a healthy 21 year old daughter, and an 18 year old daughter with special needs and wife of an entrepreneur. The last two are what causes a lot of anxiety in my life. And so I “eat.” When things are good, I eat, when things are problematic etc etc.. I think you see the pattern here…

As Rebeccaand I chatted in my kitchen about the things that trigger my eating. She told me to take a moment to ask myself before I eat, “Am I hungry?” I mean really hungry, the kind of hunger when your stomach growls.

Serendipitously I had a plate of grapes on the table and I popped one in my mouth. Rebecca stopped and asked me, “Are you hungry?” I thought um not really, but come on it was a grape! But that is a perfect example; I was “happy” and chatting so not even thinking I popped it in my mouth…

Take this little challenge…
• For one day, write down when you eat…
• Why were you eating…
• Were you actually hungry? Snacks too!

Come on after all I’m baring my “soul” you can too!
please follow along on facebook, you can ask rebecca and ryan questions you might have!

About shelley

Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on

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  1. I love this post. I love how you honest you were about the grape and I only hope for all good things for you!!

  2. That's one part of my food journaling that I have always avoided–writing down the emotional part, the triggers, etc. Guess it's hard to admit to myself? I'm right there with you though. I think my mom who has emotional eating issues passed this to me….rewarded/punished with food when we were kids. Right now, I have a stash of berry Mike & Ike's hidden in the breadbox for when ol' Mom gets stressed and needs a sugar buzz! lol. (ohhh and I have the dentist appt coming up!)

  3. Giving you a little sunshine award at my blog! Come visit and see!

  4. Hi! I am here from SITS. I can definitely be an emotional eater. Stress triggers me big time. Best of luck on your journey!

  5. I wish you all the best on your journey! You can do it!! Following you now via the Follow Me Club at MBC. Come by for a visit at

  6. Good for you for sharing your journey – I'm sure you will inspire many! My mother struggled with emotional eating when I was in jr. high – my highschool years – she's tried many systems (and I even interviewed her on my blog back in January) and she said that first place for health was what worked best for her. Here's the link if you like.

    She's lost over 100 lbs and I'm so proud of her!

    Cheers to you on SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  7. i can sure relate about emotional eating – right now i want a piece of chocolate so bad!!! and i am not hungry – i just want it

  8. Hello, I follow your blog now and also your Tweeter, please follow mine too.Thank you.

  9. Oh Wonderful inspirational and fun blog! Thank you for welcoming me to Mom bloggers and I am so glad to find your site. What a wonderful blog you have. Hope to keep in touch. Would love for you to come visit me if you get the chance- i am also doing a great giveaway that ends tomorrow!

  10. New follower from MBC on Twitter! Hope you can return the favor!

  11. ~WOW! Great post here Shelley. I am enjoying reading about your new health journey.

    Have a wonderful week. ~Melissa :)

  12. Love your blog! It's so nice to see the pretty girl that is your inspiration. =)

    Following from MBC.

  13. wanted to let you know that I left you a Beautiful Blogger Award on my blog :)

  14. I'm an emotional eater too! Stress makes it really bad.

  15. Shelley, great job today! Here's the video. Make sure your blog readers are checking out your Fan page on facebook too!!/pages/Shelleys-Wellness-Makeover/308058280889?ref=ts

  16. Great poost!!! I am totally an emotional eater too. I am going to start doing this as well. Good luck to you! :)

  17. Food is such an issue for me. Always stressful!