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Woh, stop the emotional rollar coaster


Friday, May 03, 2013

Sometimes life gets moving when you least expect it and throws you a wild and curvy ride. Sometimes it is not even your own life that gets the loops, dips, and turns, but it affects you nonetheless.

So do not...
I mean DO NOT fall for the overeating emotional binging grabbing anything that is not nailed down answer.
After all, that is really NOT the answer.
Chocolate is not the answer.
Salty junk food is not the answer.
Any form of alcoholic beverage is not the answer.
In fact, anything you try to give yourself as solace in the way of food or drink is NOT the answer when emotions give way.

I have to laugh at myself, though I maybe want to cry. I grabbed the bag of chips and grabbed a few handfuls of crumbs while watching a Spark People video about not emotionally eating. Yep. Right. Been there, done that. Sort of in my face.

Now, I have to say, I stopped at the couple of handfuls, and head for something healthier. I also told myself I was probably more thirsty than hungry, and it was probably an emotional reaction to stuff going on that is out of my control affecting people I care highly about.

So I prayed for them, the only thing I can do when things are out of my hands. Pray hard. That works better than food.

So tonight, when I am home alone and dh is at work, I need to make sure I do not go nuts. A blanket and a cat give much better comfort than a handful of crumbs. I will go log the rest of my food for today, and see what I can allow myself for a snack tonight. And yes, count the crumbs. Yes, it will push my calories up, but I think it is better to allow myself a half cup of frozen yogurt with a couple strawberries, and put it in my log, then to not log anything, and go crazy with mindless eating.

Solutions when emotions get the best of you.
Drink water.
Write it down in a journal.
Express it creatively in a poem, or painting, or something.
Go bowling and hit hard objects with a large heavy ball.
Dance.
Exercise.
Find your accountability partner or a trusted friend and talk.

Tomorrow I get to go to another area church ladies luncheon and that will be a blessing that will help to fill the holes. Yes. Emotional struggles drill holes into your heart, but food cannot fix it. I will get to be with some friends, and I know God will fill in the blanks.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOOKINGUP2012 5/4/2013 8:15AM

    I love your solutions. They all sound like a wonderful alternative. Hitting hard objects with a heavy ball sounds like a lot of fun!

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BESSHAILE 5/4/2013 7:00AM

    I'm glad you have some spiritual food to fill up your hungry spirit.

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_LINDA 5/4/2013 2:13AM

    Wow, what a quick change, from enjoying time with your sons to all of a sudden things are happening to those you care about :( Hope you find solace in your friends and God..
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FROSTY99 5/3/2013 9:28PM

    Excellent insight. emoticon

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LAYLUC1703 5/3/2013 9:02PM

    You're so right! Finding other solutions - other comforts, as it were - is so much better than turning to food. And I agree with you - log it all, ever little crumb. Eating anything is a decision, and we all need to own every decision we make.

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