Eating and food are tied closely with our emotions. I think the biggest difference I notice is much the same as some others have already mentioned - when I am under stress, worried, angry, or whatever - I go straight for comfort foods. The ONE other emotion that tends to be HARDER to deal with and a BIGGER problem - maybe that emotion is deprivation/resentment or something attached to those. What happens then is I will eat ANYTHING, AS MUCH AS I CAN and I will eat things I don't even LIKE just trying NOT to eat something I am "NOT ALLOWED". With the first set of emotions, I can usually identify the reason quickly. I can control how much I eat and KNOW myself well enough to PLAN to eat something comforting and fit it into my calorie range. With the second set, I feel OVERWHELMED and cannot even identify WHY I am running crazy in the cupboards and fridge or fast food, candy store, or grocery store. Only afterward do I realize that I was grazing around trying to FILL A VOID in myself that is OFTEN (mostly in the past - because I no longer diet but make choices) caused by my own stupidity by FORBIDDING myself things that I LOVE. I still have occasional bouts of HUNGRIES where I eat more than normal but rarely is it this crazed stuffing to fill myself up.
Now, if I am just LOVING the taste of the food I am eating, I can eat smaller, reasonable portions and still be satisfied because I have eaten something I love. I will even PLAN to have a larger portion of something but it is PLANNED and not out of control.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
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