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Day 55 - Food is the Consolation Prize

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today's exercise is about using food as a consolation prize for really letting you feel the feelings that you are going through.

My most recent bout of overeating was triggered by my brother's death 2 weeks ago. We weren't very close in age, nor were we emotionally close. But I think grieving is a very difficult emotion to understand. It isn't really that I needed someone to help me through it. It is kind of like facing my own mortality. Sometimes I think the only comfort that a person can receive is the comfort that they can give to themselves by thinking about the happy memories and knowing that time will help heal the pain of the loss.

In the past I would have let grief be the window to doing a lot of emotional eating. This time I allowed myself some comfort food for a few days and said, ok, time to pull myself back together and move forward. And in this I know that my brother would have wanted me to make healthy choices for my life. So it is a good way to honor his memory.

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