I have always thought I was an emotional eater, until I joined Spark People last month. Since then, I have discovered that most of my over-eating was more a case of "idle hands are the Devil's workshop." I don't really eat out of boredom, but out of a need to be doing something. So I have started doing more housework when I feel the compulsion to eat when I am not hungry.
Still, I have strong emotional attachments to certain foods. Warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookies give me that safe, well-loved feeling that I had as a child when my parents took care of everything for me. Stuffed bell peppers, apple cake, tuna casserole, my mom's home made chocolate cake, mac and cheese, and zucchini muffins will always make me feel warm and happy because those are the celebration and holiday foods we usually had in our family. They always evoke asense of well-being, love and fellowship. Tea and toast will always soothe me when I feel stress because it's what my babysitter gave me when I was sick or upset as a child.
I still don't think I am an emotional eater, because I never ate those things randomly any time I was upset or stressed, only when I wanted to bring about the particular feelings and memories that I associate with them. The big difference now is that I work controled portions into a balanced diet instead of gorging on them. Still brings about the same good feelings, but now with no later regrets.
- 9/20/2008 3:31:51 PM