Challenge question about emotional eating:
Like someone else said, I do pretty good most of the time, at least 85% of the time. I do very well at breakfast, fairly good at lunch. But I tend to down-slide as the day wears on. But if I stay on track for the first two meals, then I can backslide for dinner and/or snacks, and still stay within my calorie range. And I also do better during the week, whether that is because I'm on more of a schedule, so there is less free time to be distracted by food; or if it's because I spend much more time alone, without the temptations that come from being surrounded by family and friends.
I realized this week, with emotions running high within the household, that junk food is my friend. Doesn't that sound strange? But when I was having my nice sweet treat, loaded with glaze, which slid so quickly down my throat, it was like the treat was saying: Welcome home! We missed you so much!!! Have more, and we'll make you feel better!
And once that was gone, I wanted more. I wanted to feel that welcoming feeling again. I like food that fills my mouth with sweetness, that slides down my throat without any effort of chewing, food that makes my brain perk up and brings a smile to my face. BUT, like any false friend who cheers you on, I was soon filled with remorse. And my false friend said: come on, have more, it will cheer you up again. So it's like being on a glass mountain ~ once I take that first step and eat something sweet or salty, it's hard to keep my balance and not go overboard.
I read in an article once that one of the reasons so many people have gained so much weight in recent years is because Americans are presented with SO many unnatural options. I don't mean pink slime or foods that are grown in a lab. I mean the mixing of two things, such as sugar and fat, that you wouldn't find in nature. There is no donut tree out in the woods, no super mocha latte with extra whipped cream and sprinkles to be found growing in the corn belt of America. This article helps to remind me that some of the best foods are simple foods. This is called clean eating, being as close to what nature provides as possible. Some of the discussions we've had while on this challenge have been about clean eating, and I'm learning as I go along.
Not to say I'm perfect; one lousy day can mess up a week's worth of clean eating. But with the discoveries I'm making about myself every day, and the knowledge that I won't go willingly back to the person I was before I joined the challenge, before I joined Sparkpeople 9 months ago, I know that eventually I will reach my goals.