Thursday, February 20, 2014
What Is Emotional Eating?
"Anytime I reach for food when I'm not physically hungry or needing nutrition" is emotional eating.
If I grabbed a candy bar on a stressful day, I wouldn't do much damage. But if I don't watch out I could slide into using food to "fix" my emotional needs. This will destroy my healthy lifestyle plan, as well as ruin my motivation and self-esteem.
If I'm gong to stop emotional eating, I have to recognize that I'm doing it. I need to start paying attention to the times when I eat, when I'm not truly hungry. I need to look at my habits, such as having snack crackers before or after a workout, or having a comfort food, when I get off the phone with some people.
I need to think about food, and decide whether I'm having a physical or emotional need, before I put anything in my mouth. I need to ask myself, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"
If I decide that I'm hungry, then I need to fuel God's Temple. However, it I'm having a "desire to eat," I need to catch myself on the spot and ask; "What's going on here? What's making me want to eat right now?" Then, I need to consider how I can take care of my needs, instead of appeasing them with food.
My assignment today is to make a sign that says, "Is this hunger or a desire to eat?"
Whenever I want to eat something, I will pull out the sign. Then, I'll decide if I need fuel or if my food desire is related to my emotions.
I my journal, I'll make a list of situations or places where I'm most likely to do emotional eating. Do I notice any patterns or specific time when I struggle with this?
If or when this emotional eating kicks in, I'll give an update here!
- Nancy Jean -