Sunday, April 14, 2013
The daily spark has a much talked about blog "Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'". I haven't yet which I've spoke about before. Tracking helps me to remember to eat all my fruits and vegetables for the day. It keeps me away from eating too much food that isn't good for me. I feel comforted by tracking my food after I eat it.
There has been much discussion about compulsive eater compared to emotional eating. I have never compulsively ate. I think all people emotional eat to some degree. When my emotions are high, I want sugar, I crave sugar. I don't need a lot and I enjoy eating it. I'll eat a bowl of sweetened cereal or granola most of the time. I might eat a small box of candy. I eat one piece at a time and savor each bite. I never emotionally eat until I'm uncomfortably full. I might find it hard to stop emotional eating when I start, but I will stop long before I'm overfull.
From what I read, compulsively overeating or binging is different. I know enough to know that I've never been a compulsive overeater. My body tells me when I'm full and I stop eating when I'm started to feel full. My body self-regulates hunger well. If I've eaten calories or even drank them, I'll eat less calories later. Without trying, if I eat more calories one day or meal, the next one will be smaller.
I mean if I drink a regular soda before lunchtime, I won't feel like eating lunch since the calories in the soda will tell my body that I had enough to eat. I often have this problem traveling or when window shopping. I'll buy a treat because I have a sweet tooth, then I won't be able to eat more than a small salad for dinner. My body seems to know when I've eaten enough calories. However, eating the right calories or enough of them seem to be my problem right now.