Saturday, July 20, 2013
It's just so busy at the moment. And when it's busy it's hard to keep up with exercise, healthy eating, and my newest focus: emotional well-being.
This last week I became painfully aware of the power of emotional eating. As part of maintenance plan I allow myself small treats almost every day. Incorporating these small treats was one of the things that helped me break the restrictive dieting/ overeating cycle that I was once in, and I'm sure has been really helpful in keeping my weight so steady. I've been doing this for over a year now, however, this week, whenever I was about to eat a treat, a small voice inside me kept saying, 'go on, have some more....you deserve it.....'
I've heard this voice before. It visits me whenever things get a little bit emotionally overwhelming. This time, however, I was able to step back a little and consider what the impact of that 'little extra' would be. Then another voice, the one that likes to be thin and healthy, was able to rationalise with my desire to treat myself.
Let's face it. I could have eaten every cake in that coffee shop, but once I had finished eating, I would still feel just as stressed out, as well as guilty about how much I had over-eaten. The food was not going to take the stressful feelings away.
In that moment, I was able to catch myself before the emotional eating took hold, but, as a precaution, I'm tracking my food quite carefully just to stay aware of how much I'm eating.