You Are Not an Emotional Eater | Michelle May, M.D.

February 24, 2015 8:39 PM

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You Are Not an Emotional Eater | Michelle May, M.D.

I cringe when someone says, "I am an emotional eater" or "I am a binge eater." That stake in the ground is awfully hard to pull out. When you define yourself by your actions, you leave little room for other options.

It reminds me of important parenting advice I received years ago: "Label the behavior, not the child." For example, instead of saying, "Bad girl!", you're supposed to say, "Hitting your brother is an unacceptable way to tell him you are angry. Use your words."

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