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Recognizing and conquering emotional eating...

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Moral of the story: Recognize and conquer emotional eating to nip it in the bud!

My root canal procedure went great emoticon It was a 45-minute procedure but I managed to hold it together. I was uber nervous before hand, even more so than my double jaw surgery. Near the end of the procedure, the endodontist placed a bleaching agent in my tooth. I was surprised to see that the greyness has already faded to a normal enamel color. Most importantly he said that he predicts a 90-95% success rate for this root canal.

However, I am supposed to take lots of ibuprofen for the next 3 days. I almost never take OTCs, so I didn't have any Advil or Motrin at home. I was planning to stop by my local Fry's for the medicine, but then immediately I thought of picking up a package of sushi at the store for my lunch. Keep in mind, I love sushi, I love it A LOT. I could easily eat sushi every day all day... but this would not be conducive to my weight loss plan. OK, so I reasoned I'll just pick up Advil and avoid the sushi corner of the store. But then I thought, "Why put myself in that tempting scenario? I could just as easily stop by Walgreen's and get my medicine there without any tempting sushi or other goodies to get." And that is exactly what I did.

When I got home I made a delicious lunch with the groceries I already had -- green beans with garlic and vinegar dressing, sweet potato with pepper and salt, sauteed calf liver. A note on liver: earlier this month I found it distasteful. Yesterday I found it adequate. Today I craved it! Love the earthy and rich taste. Good thing because liver, gram for gram, is probably the most nutritious food to eat on the planet. It's like nature's multi-vitamin not to mention the high quality protein.

I finished my meal with 2 cups of red tea sweetened with stevia. It is on my to-do list, though, to buy some green, unprocessed stevia (thanks to DESERTJULZ for this tip) since mine is the white, processed kind. At the end of my meal I thought how nourished and sated I felt, whereas a package of sushi would have left me hungry again in 2 hours or less. Most of all, I was happy to recognize that my emotions (anxiety, fear, etc.) whirling around the root canal were calling out for the sushi, and that I won't let my emotions influence my eating habits.

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    Great job on avoiding the sushi situation - you had just gone through a particularly nerve-wracking experience, and anxiety is definitely a trigger for a lot of over-eating. Awesome job!
    1902 days ago
  • SJACK06S
    Nice work!
    1903 days ago
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