I am NOT an emotional eater
Friday, February 11, 2011
I just read another blog about someone being an emotional eater. That phrase seems to pop up a lot lately. I took an online test and confirmed what I already know: I am not an emotional eater. There is so much out there that I almost assumed that anyone who is overweight must be an emotional eater.
Here's the thing. I'm fat because I eat the wrong things and the wrong amounts (although I am trying to fix that). And I don't do enough exercise (also trying to fix that).
I only eat when I'm hungry. Rarely do I eat just to eat and I'm pretty sure I don't eat whenever I'm upset (unless I was upset and hungry). Occassionally, I might eat if I'm bored, as I noticed the other day. I was sitting at my desk and had some food next to me (part of my lunch that I hadn't finished). I wasn't really hungry, but it was sitting right there, so I ate it. But if I am at home, I wouldn't eat out of boredom. There are so many things to do at home. But I could see myself maybe eating out of boredom if food was around and I had nothing else to do, like being on an airplane on a long flight and having a box of Cheez-Its.
I usually eat only when hungry. My problem is that I wait til I'm so hungry that I have to eat RIGHT NOW! I have no patience to cook a meal and wait for it to be done. I need something NOW! So I'm working on that, by having healthy snacks ready to go and by trying to eat more often so I don't get to that point.
I do overeat occassionally (well not since I started this program, but before) when I am eating something so totally tasty. I will eat it and get full and realize that I'm full and just keep eating, because it is so good! Certain foods do this to me, such as pasta with pesto, chocolate cake, and fondue. The last 2 are things I would only eat at a restaurant, but I used to make pasta with pesto every Sunday night as my ritual and then over eat.
So here's my proclamation: Not everyone is an emotional eater! I am not one. I am fat because I eat the wrong things (hamburgers vs carrots) and because I eat too much of them and because I don't exercise. But all that's changing now. Yeay!