I recently read a message board asking people what triggers them to overeat. I identified with a lot of the responses, particularly emotional eating. That's always been my go-to reason for why and when I overeat.
But another response really got me thinking: lack of sleep. I vaguely remembered hearing something about lack of sleep producing appetite boosting hormones. It makes a ton of sense, and here's a short but sweet article explaining it:
You can also google "sleep and appetite" if you want to read A LOT more about it.
All of this brings me to today. It's the end of a particularly long and exhausting week, and I should be thrilled that it's Friday. But after yet another night of too much work and too little sleep, all I want to do is bury my face in a plate of salty, somewhat greasy hashbrowns smothered in cheese, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. (An attractive image, no?) Oh, and a couple of hot, buttered biscuits on the side, please.
BUT, blaming those pesky, out-of-whack hormones is actually helping me resist the urge to splurge. I stuck to my normal, healthy breakfast this morning, totaling 5 WW Points Plus, instead of the 11 PP hashbrowns at a local drive-thru. I plan to eat my newest favorite fast food meal on my lunch date today, a large bowl of chicken noodle soup at Chick-fil-A with a side salad. A total of 6 WW PP.
In the words of the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu:
"Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle."
I'm not sure Sun Tzu meant the enemy was emotional eating or lack of sleep, but hey - whatever works, right? And I'll use it to my best advantage, one temptation at a time.
I'm curious...what's triggers you to overeat?