So what did I do? I dropped by the grocery and liquor stores, went home, and held a pity party on my couch in my honor. Not my proudest moment, but there ya have it...the truth....cold and raw. My name is Kathi Cameron, and I am an emotional eater. Have been all my life. The difference between now and then is I rarely have the energy to make a special stop at the store for a box of Fruitloops or KFD (my medications of choice).
Emotional eating is defined (loosely) as eating for other reasons besides hunger. You may be bored, lonely, depressed, angry, sad, fearful, or (insert other emotions here), when you are eating under the influence of emotion...you aren't eating mindfully. You are eating to cope, to mask, to deal with your emotions...(Liquorice? Don't mind if I do...). Sometimes, it just feels good to sit on the couch with a big bag of chips and tune out. Why is that?
|Been there....ate that.|
For those dedicated to losing a few it is very important to keep track of the dirty little details. For example, what emotion are you feeding? Is there a way to deal with the emotion without food? Could you replace the behaviour of eating with another, such as going for a walk or taking a bath? Chances are, there are other (less fattening) options you haven't thought of yet. Ultimately, the world isn't going to stop rotating if you launch into a tub of ice cream. However, if you make it a habit to "self-medicate" with a big bag of Doritos, you rob yourself of the chance to examine what is really bothering you. In addition, if you are wanting to lose the weight, emotional eating ain't getting you where you want to go. There is a connection between depression and overweight/obesity (I know I'm not tellin' ya anything you don't know...but there you have it). So what should come first? A weight loss plan or counselling session? I'm partial to the counselling myself. Deal with the emotion that drives behaviour....then change the behaviour - of course not so simplistic, but you get the idea.
What I find odd and, I won't lie to you, very frustrating, is the fact that those happy-go-lucky nutritionists you see on TV or in the paper that report on healthy eating behaviour never pay enough attention to the emotional aspects of eating. When, really, this is behind the majority of double-fudge brownie consumption...if knowledge was all you needed, I'd be out of a job.
After saying this, all I want to do right now is crawl on my couch with a plate of fatty goodness, and watch a good movie. What I will do is go to the gym and drive home for a dinner of veggies and other healthy things...I know I will be better for it......still crave the fatty goodness though.
That's all I got.