Binge alert!!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I'm currently in North Carolina babysitting my two darling grand daughters--ages 2 1/2 and 15 mo. The weather has been too chilly to go outside the last couple of days, but we have had fun reading books and dancing to music :)

At home, I never buy junk food. Out of sight, out of binge possibilities! In fact, since getting serious about losing the extra weight and getting healthier, I don't buy prepackaged food of pretty much any kind. We never eat out, not even once a month. It helps that we love to cook! Instead of eating out, we have bought cookbooks of ethnic food we love and are learning to make them 'clean' and healthy. But my son and his wife are at a different stage of life than I am, working full time, going to school full time, and raising two toddlers. I get tired just thinking about accomplishing all that! Everything is in boxes or pre-made in the freezer. I have made roast chicken and turkey meatloaf that the girls have liked, but I haven't the ingredients or time to make much else! I haven't made mac n cheese from a box since my kids were little kids! I made some for lunch yesterday, and after the first creamy bite I knew I was in trouble. I ate half a portion (according to the box) and then I finished the girls bowls and found myself with a spoon, eating mac and cheese from the pot on the stove. :/ I can seriously not remember the last time I felt uncontrolled like that with a food. It usually strikes with really good pizza, potato chips, or Chinese food, but boxed mac and cheese?? After a couple bites, my brain caught up with my spoon and I quickly put the leftovers in a container and got it into the fridge. Speaking of pizza, there is half a pizza in the fridge, too. I have been making too much positive progress to be derailed by old habits!!
What foods are triggers for you or is it emotions that trigger your out of control eating? How do you deal with it??
I have been wanting to read a book by a former "big food company executive" who says that companies purposely use a combination of sugar, salt, and seasonings that trigger binging. Purposefully causing us to not want to stop eating their product. Hmmm....I believe it. I'm going to order it for my nook, so I will have something to read on the way home. The weather here and in Detroit are forecast to be bad, so I am prepared for delays.
I've ended stage four of Spark Coach and my challenge for yesterday was to purposefully get up and move three extra times a day. For one of my 'extra' movements, we danced. I bet the downstairs neighbor loves me. Another was mopping the floors by hand, instead of using the swiffer thingy. The third was going up and down the stairs an extra two times, with toddlers in my arms. I'm feeling that last one today!
Speaking of school, my two last classes kicked in for this semester. They are excellerated, so 16 weeks are crammed into 8. It seemed like a great idea when I made my schedule. Right now, i am overwhelmed. Thankfully, the girls go to bed by 7pm. My evenings have been filled with Sociology, Math, and Rhetorical Analysis. :p No wonder I have been having trouble sleeping well!!
Hope your week has been a good one of overcoming obstacles!!
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