Everyone who commented last week made a big impact on my mood. I read and reread your comments - see here: Snack Girl Challenges Emotional Eating and Loses when I was feeling down.
All of the comments were incredibly supportive. I found Louise's comment to be so powerful -read here:
Your posting was very helpful to me, although I'm sorry it was the result of your difficult family circumstances. When it popped up, I had just finished a difficult email exchange with my ex and had crammed a piece of chocolate in my mouth.
As soon as I saw the headline, I realized I was eating because I was upset, not because I was hungry. I spit it out. (sorry if that's gross) and thought, once again, about the emotional component of overeating and eating the wrong things and how women, in particular, "stuff down" their feelings rather than daring to express their anger and frustration.
It is SO easy to eat when tired and stressed because it makes you feel good, right? There is a chemical basis for this reflex. Chocolate in the bloodstream triggers a release of "feel good" hormones to the brain.
So, not only are you fighting a "bad" habit but you are fighting a PHYSICAL response to the stress. You crave the food that dissolves the stress.
Last week at the hospital, I didn't want to look at a salad. (Why doesn't salad trigger "feel good" hormones?) I wanted donuts, pizza, ice cream, chocolate, etc.
This week, I was SO tired. But, I didn't want any more junk food. I got back on track and while I wasn't entirely back to my pre-family emergency challenge days, I ate a lot of healthy food.
My suggestion to add emotions to your food journal - and I am going to do this myself. I read about this idea in the "Clean Food Cookbook" by Terry Walters which I discuss in this post: Olive Tapenade.
Terry suggests that you write down the time that you eat and how you are feeling when you eat your snack or meal. After doing this for a week, you should be able to denote patterns of energy and emotion. Hopefully, like Louise, you can "spit the chocolate out" when you realize you are eating it for the wrong reason.
Just think of all the calories you can avoid by becoming aware of your emotional eating pattern! Hey, it's worth a try.
How did I do?
177 pounds - (0 pound)
39 inch waist - (- 3 inches)
So, I didn't lose any weight (duh) - and I gained an inch. I feel pretty good about these results considering all the crap that happened.
My Goals for Week 5:
- Keep Food Journal with Emotions
- No Beer Except Friday and Saturday
- Exercise 3 times a week (one hour walk, one exercise class, one Jillian Micheals Shred Workout).
- Sitting down when I eat
How are my challengees doing? Is emotional eating a problem for you?
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