Sunday, June 13, 2010
I just finished reading "The Stress Eating Cure" by Dr. Rachael F. Heller and Dr. Richard F. Heller. It explains the hormonal reasons for binge and stress eating, and I think I fall into at least two of the categories - they explain me to a "t". It verifies some of the things I already know - that having carbs by themselves is a bad idea and that staying up too late or not having enough "me" time can trigger the stresses that cause stress eating. But I never thought about it or understood it in a hormonal way. This explains the PHYSICAL reasons underlying stress eating. A nutritionist 2 years ago said that there could be physical triggers why I don't respond to carbs well, and this books helps it all make more sense. As we all know, processed foods are bad news, but this book explains why, from a physiological and hormonal standpoint.
What I like best about it, is that it gives guidelines. It doesn't tell you how much to eat or to make you totally stay away or measure anything, understanding that naturally slim people don't do this.
I hope that it will help me, and for whoever is reading this, I hope that it helps you too!
I have gotten back into tracking everything that I eat the last few days. I do sometimes feel compelled to eat, but I am back under control. I have been exercising, though even though I am "on vacation" with family, there has not been a lot of "me" time, and the lifestyle here in the suburbs is so sedentary, it's maddening.
I'm glad that I made the choice to squeeze in a workout this morning, even though it was quicker than I would have liked, even though I wanted to just give up altogether after feeling frustrated at sleeping in. I know that I made the right choice and that working out a little is much better than not working out at all.
I'm really glad that I keep kosher, because this forces me to eat at home the whole time I'm here, which helps me make better, healthier choices. That said, even though what my parents stock up is "healthy", a lot of it is processed. I made us stop at the store on the way home so that we could buy fresh produce!
Last but not least in my update, I realized that although I have gained weight, I am in really good shape! I got through an exercise class with my mom that used to be difficult, without any trouble and while holding heavier weights than before. Also, if their treadmill is correct, I ran a mile this morning in 7:30. Not bad!!!