To say I am an emotional eater is an understatement. Any emotion I have will make me eat. And I mean MAKE me. We have all heard the old saying that stressed is desserts spelled backwards. So that makes it OK to eat.
But it isn’t just stress that makes me eat or even crave food. When I feel anything, I want, no, need to eat. Lately I’ve been trying to work out which emotions trigger which food cravings.
Happy – Bread
Sad – Sandwich
Worried – Crackers with something on top
Lonely – Hickory Stix, lots of them
Bored – Fruit and yogurt (OK some of the cravings are healthy)
Angry – Chips
Pained – Jamieson’s
Anxious – Cheese
Love – StrawberriesDisgusted – Nuts
Thoughtful – Home baking
Regretful – Chocolate (preferably Kit Kat Chunky)
Satisfied – Nothing (but it doesn’t last long)
Of course one of the hardest things to do is to be aware of which emotion I’m feeling and how do I dial back the craving and not, I repeat, NOT eat. Just looking at the list has helped me stop omni-emotional eating. OK, I haven’t stopped yet but I’m learning and what I’m learning most is what I am feeling at any given moment.
I’ve been told that food, especially comfort food, should give pleasure. That’s why we call it “comfort food”. I get pleasure, guilt, anger and sometimes nothing emotionally. So what happens then? I get stressed. Stress is a soup of emotions. And yes, it triggers major food cravings, even when my stomach (what is left of it) feels like it is falling through the floor.
So, to control my omni-emotional eating I must identify my emotions then consciously avoid the food trigger in my internal programming. I have programmed myself to avoid emotions by eating, OR, maybe I’m rewarding myself for feeling something? That actually makes more sense.
Well, If I slow down and identify what the hell is going on I also can tune down or maybe eliminate the bad self talk and do good talk. By taking control of my situations and food intake I can feel better about myself. Seriously, I have been doing this procedure for a variety of reasons – depression, anxiety, stress, physical pain and just plain attention-getting. I’m feeling better already. As I re-read this blog post I feel successful and will go have breakfast. Oh oh.
Thanks for listening. ;D Diane