Emotional Eating with Diabetes

One of the people I admire the most in the diabetes community is Ginger Vieira. She manages to transmit her enthusiasm in everything that she does, and as a diabetes coach, she helps many people to manage their diabetes and live a happy, healthy life. From Ginger I’ve learned not to let diabetes defeat me, and she’s also a great example to follow when taking care of my body and mind. And her most recent book, Emotional Eating with Diabetes, can be added to my list of favorites. I’m glad I finally took the time to read it.

LIP-EEWD1In Emotional Eating with Diabetes, Ginger explains how we sabotage ourselves when it comes to food, which is detrimental for our diabetes management. I’ve always known I have a very weird and complex relationship with food, and it has always been my emotional escape. I eat when I’m sad, bored, angry, etc. Nothing to do? Go to the fridge. Nervous about something? Go to the fridge. For a while I completely forgot to think about food for what it is, nourishment.

In a very short, very easy to read book, Ginger starts by discussing how we develop this love-hate relationship with food and how, for people with diabetes, food becomes a double-edged sword. Then she goes on to share hers and other people’s experiences and thoughts, and finally she gives easy to follow pointers to work with food to help our bodies, not to destroy them.

Emotional Eating with Diabetes was like a godsend to me. I’ve struggled with this issue for as long as I can remember and the guilt I’ve carried on my shoulders has made every aspect of my life more difficult than it should be. The good thing is that now I’m more aware of it, and you know what they say… knowing your have a problem is the first step. And I may have taken the first step, but Ginger’s book is certainly going to be my companion on the road.

If you’re currently struggling with balancing food and diabetes, I recommend you take a look at Ginger’s book. It will not take you a long time to read, and you’ll be grateful you did.

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5 thoughts on “Emotional Eating with Diabetes

  1. For a person with diabetes, October 31st all the way thru January 1st can be a tad challenging. Several holidays that revolve largely around food are all packed into just a span of about 63 days! Halloween. Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. Christmas. New Year’s day.

  2. Over the years, I’ve noticed this emotional eating trend growing in me. What was once an off-day occurrence over the weekend or periodically at other times, is now a regular happening pretty much every night. Every day during daylight hours, I do my best to not overeat and keep my BGs in line. Often I skip breakfast (which I know is not recommended ). Then later, after exerting all that energy throughout the day, I find myself not wanting to carb count or watch my food intake once dinnertime rolls around, and — you guessed it — the emotional eating begins!

  3. Dr. Bill Polonsky, founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, captures the importance of this book in the forward: “It is perhaps then no surprise that so many of us end up at war with food: it is the enemy, yet it is also what gives us comfort and pleasure. We must not ever surrender, and yet we must.” Many of us have a complex relationship with food, and diabetes only intensifies that relationship.Vieira’s book walks you through the psychology of emotional eating, provides you with practical solutions to the common issues, and includes action-provoking questions above space to write out your answers. This book is not meant to be read, it is meant to be used as a tool for personal transformation. So be warned: if you’re not ready to change your behaviors, then this book will not be a good investment. If you are ready to act, I highly recommend it.Here are the chapter titles:1. Emotional Eating with Diabetes2. Habits that Lead to Overeating3. Over-treating Low Blood Sugars4. Using Food to hide Your Emotions5. A Positive Relationship with Food6. Setting Yourself up for Success7. You Are Living in ProgressAt 46 pages, this is a short and easy read. Don’t judge the value by the length. It’s not mean to teach diabetes diet, but to promote a positive transformation. As the words that fill page 7 shout, “A healthy relationship with food is about feeling proud of your choices whether you choose carrots or ice cream.” Getting you to this transformative space is Vieira’s goal, and I believe her book will help many do so.FULL DISCLOSURE: I’ve worked with Ginger Vieira on many projects over the years and think she is a real hero for dedicating her life to helping others.

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