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Mindful Eating Journey-Day 1-A little bit about me


Monday, December 03, 2012

A little bit about me:

I'm a recent university grad who is in that fun stage in life where you're in limbo-trying to find a job when no one is hiring. At the same time, I'm trying to figure out how to maintain my pre-university weight, after finally losing that stubborn "freshman 15" (which funnily enough, I would call it the "senior 15" instead, as that's when I gained it).
I come from a European background, and food has always, always had an important place in my life-it's the center of all family gatherings. I LOVE food, and I love to eat. I also love to cook, exercise, and learn about nutrition, as I find it fascinating.

Since I moved away from home, my eating had begun to get out of control, from late night snacking, to binge-eating, restaurant eating, and all the rest. Somewhere along the line, I realized that I had lost touch with my body/brain satiety signals, and was eating not because I felt hungry, but because I was
-bored
-tired
-upset
-depressed
-down
-it was "lunch/dinner" time
-socially pressured into it
-feeling I "had to"
-worried about hurting someone's feelings

And then there's the whole binge-eating thing. I have a wicked sweet tooth, which I inherited from my mom. I have (mostly) no problems controlling my portions when it comes to bread, pasta, fruits, veggies, etc, but put a freshly baked pie in front of me and I seem to lose my head. Finding a cure for the common cold seems to me an easier task than only having one small piece of pie. And holiday buffets/parties? Kryptonite. I am one of those people that love to try alittle of everything, and then alot of desserts. And don't even get me started on Grandma's cooking (how do you say no to that face??)

So that's me in a nutshell-that's where I'm starting from. Stay tuned for what I hope to accomplish!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TONEDTORI 12/3/2012 1:55PM

    You are not alone. Take one night at a time to conquer the night binges. Have a plan, such as going to bed early, hug a pillow in the night to keep your hands busy, or put a lock on your refrigerator for the night. I did and it really helped. Yes, understanding what is driving you to eat, is the main path. Take it slowly, you can do this.

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CHUM48 12/3/2012 1:33PM

    You will accomplish great things, because you have created a new mind set and change happens with you change the way you think!

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