Beating the binges - turning disaster into triumph
Monday, May 16, 2016
Recently on the chat there has been talk of emotional eating. I do this. I have done for years. It is quite a while since I had a blow out but after posting advice to someone else yesterday about how to overcome emotional eating, I had a massive upset with my daughter. She really used me as an emotional punch bag. I felt like a complete failure as a Mum. I was very upset - as night follows day I turned from upset to food.
This time was a little different though. My house is no longer packed with tempting junk food. So I ate what I could find - a left over wholemeal and Bovril roll which I found untouched when I was unpacking the packed lunch bags. I then moved on to about half a packet of wholemeal biscuits for cheese. Just plain, nothing on them. Not brilliant things to eat 2 hours before dinner but a whole load better than chocolate bars, ice cream, chips (English kind usually served with fish) or some other such stuff as I would have eaten in the past.
After I had eaten those I went for a 45 minute workout at my regular boot camp class. I worked fantastically well at the class beating more than one personal best.
After the class I discussed what I had done and someone suggested that I just don't have any carbs with my dinner and carry on. So that is what I did. I had spaghetti bolognese with no spaghetti and a salad.
In the past I would have thought I had blown my diet for the day and carried on eating till bed time. In the morning I would feel terrible and hate myself. This morning I actually felt quite good about myself. I feel that I stopped mid binge and did something more productive with my emotions. My daughter also managed to get herself up and sorted and out on time with much less input from Mum than normal. Maybe she is just ready for more independence and I'm not doing so badly after all.