You know I never really considered myself an emotional eater. I found out today that I guess I am. I am always “stressed” to a certain extent, but today I am SUPER STRESSED, and I found that I not only want to eat more and eat more wrong things, but I am “willfully disobedient”. Willfully disobedient to me means that I have thought about the action, I have thought about the consequences, and I do the action even tho I know better. That’s where I’m at. How do you fight it?
I’m serious. When you think about what you are about to eat, you check out the calories, fat, carbs involved, you tell yourself that you really shouldn’t do it, and then you do it anyway, how do you stop yourself? This is what I do.
It started out early this morning. I desperately wanted cookies to go in my coffee. Not desperate enough to go get some. I started looking around the kitchen to see what I could have instead. Turned into 2 pieces of diet bread turned into toast with peanut butter and jelly. Didn’t do it. Later the feeling never subsided and I kept telling myself I really needed to eat something more substantial. That didn’t work out either. So I decided to bake a cake.
I took a chocolate cake mix, used eggbeaters for the eggs, added lite cherry pie filling and baked at 350 for 30 minutes according to the box directions. It’s wonderful. I had two “nibbles” not even equalling a whole piece and I’ve been happy ever since.
go out and indulge myself in bakery goods or sweets where I had no control over the ingredients.
I only ate enough to obviously satisfy me, because I never went back for more.
I feel good because, while I indulged in emotional eating I was still able to control it and not just devestate my self esteem by feeling guilty after I ate.
How do you handle these moments? We all go through them and I am into suggestions. I’ve eaten out of boredom and I recognize that, but this one kind of threw me.
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