Just some FYI for you:
”Food Addiction” is a term used to describe a physical and emotional addiction to certain food substances, usually process sugar, flour, caffeine, sometimes fats, and wheat.
“Emotional Eating” is used to label the condition of using food to manage feelings.
While all food addicts are emotional eaters, not all emotional eaters are food addicts. In other words, it is possible to emotionally eat without being physically addicted to food.
It is also important to note that not all food addicts and emotional eaters are overweight. There are many forms of both. A person can be addicted to food yet abstain from eating. It’s not how much or little a person eats, it’s what the food does to the person that matters. Some emotional eaters and food addicts feel powerful by not eating. When they do eat they feel out of control.
Just a little personal stuff about my journey.
In July 2010 I started my new eating plan from the book Why Can’t I Stop Eating book by Debbie Danowski Ph. D
I cruised along free from cravings and lost lots of inches and lots of pounds. I felt amazing and I just soared above the pull of food.
I had a normal stress load… that we all deal with but around October/Nov it started to worsen. We have had major financial strains and I can definitely tell you they have been the worse my husband and I have ever experienced in our 22 yrs of marriage.
Of course when you are stressed financially then it spills into all areas of your life I think.
As many of you know we had also not been having much contact with our oldest son and his family. Some days he would text me back and other days he would ignore me. His son was growing up and I was missing it. He is 18 mos. old now.
I finally gave it completely over to God instead of whining to my sisters or my mom. My husband had shut me down about the subject long ago and told me to move on. How does a mom ‘move on’? MEN! LOL They are definitely wired differently!
My husband seriously didn’t even act like he cared. (mind you this is his firstborn from a previous marriage and my stepson) I had raised him from the age of 2 ½ and he calls me mom. He lived with us all the time and never visited his birth mom. She walked out when he was 14 mos. and never looked back. My son wrote her letters at 12 yrs of age and off and on thru age 16 but she hardly responded. He has chased her since he was 18 and around July 10 she moved to our area. She was lucky enough to just walk back into his life in an easy way. I am glad he has forgiven her for HIS sake. He left me and my husband and our family all by the wayside though.
We had our first Christmas get together without him this last yr. It was sad!
Anyhow…I had computer problems recently and if you guys are like me you know how aggravating that can be but you see THIS IS WHERE GOD shows himself!
I texted my son asking him for help and he RESPONDED and tried to help me. (He is smart with computers).
From there I just kept inviting him to dinner every single day… and finally he accepted.
THEY came out and opened their Christmas presents 2 wks ago and then they came back last week too! THEY stayed 4 hours last week! THANK YOU GOD!!!
Picture just taken the other day when they came out!
THAT ABOVE IS MY FIRST PRAISE I wanted to share with you guys!
HERE is the 2nd praise:
WE had some land we put up for sale in December trying to lighten the financial stress load. God found us a buyer already and we closed last Friday. We live in the country and are not neighborhood kind of people. We like our private country life.
This new neighbor will be ACROSS the field quite a distance but still our closest neighbor. It is a young man whom we already know and like! THANK YOU GOD for the quick sale and the wonderful choice of buyers.
Our 19 yr old (very very mature) wanted to buy 20 acres from us too so we owner financed to him. He is in college fulltime (on a full scholarship), works part time and has money saved up in the bank. He loves this farm and wanted to own part of it. So now we have a regular payment coming in each month too. (Don’t worry.. it is not stressing him and he actually already paid 2500 down and 3000 ahead in payments). He is so good with money he has made since he was 14. He will be a good ‘catch’ for the girls LOL (but he is very picky about girls).
SO PRAISE GOD 2 major prayers answered and stress is getting lighter!
I TOLD you all of this because I wanted to share what God is doing in our lives.
I also told you to say that because I started struggling with my eating when I got off track around Thanksgiving… I found that being fully out of control by mid December thru January… showed me another facet of my eating issues!
I AM AN EMOTIONAL EATER!
HAVING A FOOD PLAN THAT ALLOWED ME TO BE FREE OF MY ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES ALLOWED MY TRUE FEELINGS TO SURFACE.
FOR the first time in years I was able to identify what I was feeling. I am a WORK IN PROGRESS! LOL Before July I spent so much time and energy eating or logging food, or trying to fit in all the calories I could muster on my prior eating plans that I wasn’t aware of my emotions.
My opening information under ‘JUST some FYI for you” was taken from “THE EMOTIONAL EATER’S BOOK of INSPIRATION” 90 Truths You Need To Know To Overcome Your Food Addiction
By Debbie Danowski Ph.D
She encourages readers to get a journal and write down feelings as they ready her book for the next 3 mos.
Hugs to each of you!
I am here for you!
Wgt. Last Monday Jan. 17th (when I got back on eating plan) 180.5
Wgt. This morning Jan 26th was 176.2 (still waiting on that “monthly gift” to arrive LOL)
Here is my from last yr to this yr. a difference of about 30 lbs in these pictures.
This was taken last week when I was up to 180 here instead of my low of 169.
I see it in my face for sure the 11 lb. weight gain.
BUT I will get it back off SOON~!