Stress and Emotional Eating - Cookie Monster
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I've had a pretty stressful few days and my eating definitely shows it. Especially my after dinner snacking - apparently I am a cookie monster.
I completely recognize this as emotional eating to up my "feel good" hormones, as right now my stress hormones are sky high. I've tried to add some extra exercise to balance my eating, and today I actually did really well with my after dinner treat by paying close attention to measuring out my milk and cookies and putting them in attractive, small serving dishes, fooling my eyes to make me feel fuller with a smaller portion. I also made sure to savor every bite and slow down so I would really enjoy each part of my cookie.
I still want to go eat the rest of the cookies that are left, but I'm going to go brush my teeth and go to bed instead. I know the sleep will be much more helpful in decreasing my stress than eating. It's hard to overcome that ingrained behavior of running to the kitchen when I'm not feeling so good emotionally, but I'm getting there.
Bonus - I'm learning to love salad without dressing. I made a delicious spinach salad yesterday topped with dried blueberries, raw cashews and sliced pears. All three toppings, which were in small portions, had so much flavor on their own that adding any dressing would have overpowered them and tasted gross. :) I would have never guessed that I would go sans dressing on a restaurant salad either, but I did today and it was awesome, as I just combined it with some of the filling from my sandwich. No extra calories, lots of flavor and great salad - what could be better?!
Double bonus from today - a friend I haven't seen in a few weeks commented
that I'm looking "really skinny" when I saw her at lunch!
Just gotta keep doing the work!