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Emotional Eating Rears Its Ugly Head

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:01pm

Confession: I haven’t had any binges, per se, since being sick and recovering from H1N1 … but I’ve definitely done more emotional eating than I had been in a while.

While I’m not particularly proud of my choices (I’ve eaten so many crackers and pretzels and Chex and stuff I just didn’t need) over the past week — when this could have been an opportunity to just eat clean

But the truth is, I haven’t been feeling good and all that has sounded good has been carbs. And processed carbs, at that.

Though it didn’t stop me from eating what I craved, I definitely went over my daily Points and my weekly Points allowance … without one iota of exercise. 

That said, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself.

I know in my heart of hearts, it’s been a frustrating week and a half for me. And not having a lot of human interaction hasn’t helped matters much. I was lonely, and achy, and tired, and sometimes processed carbs just sounded good when nothing else did. Yes I turned to (processed) food for comfort at times.

And that’s OK; we’re all entitled to a bit of woe-is-me.

The thing is, though I recognized it as emotional eating at the time (a step forward; I wouldn’t have recognized it as such a year ago), I didn’t have the energy–or wherewithall — to stop it, either.  

And now that I’m on the mend, I plan to nip it in the bud. Now that my sense of smell has come back and my tastebuds are re-emerging, I realize I need to shift my priorities toward filling, nutritious eats, especially since I clearly can’t work out like I’m used to — if at all.

All I know is, I’m super excited to see my husband on Sunday night when he gets back from Germany!! :) We did five years of international long distance before we got married, but the past month has been especially challenging with our conflicting travel schedules and now we finally have some time together, just us, coming up — and I can’t wait!

So … wishing you a safe, happy, healthy weekend! See you on the flip-side on Monday.

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