This past couple of weeks I haven’t increased my activity level, the smoke here has been absolutely horrible, but we did get a break this last Saturday for the #NVHeartWalk. My 10 year old daughter and I walked a 5k together, I am so proud of her and myself too. We had been sick for what seemed like a month and choking on smoke for days but we got done in about 45 minutes. I was definitely feeling it about 30 minutes after we were done; fatigue kicked in, my ankle started to swell and I wanted to pass out…
For as long as I can remember, my memories and emotions have been tied to food. Emotional Eating can occur during good and bad times, regardless of the event it is usually accompanied by food.
- When I was 4 years old my “Nana” lived in a little house on an Alfalfa Farm my Great Tio owned. There were two things I remember, scratch that, three things I remembered the most about the place she lived: the President Kennedy Silhouette Picture I would stare at as I began to sleep, the smell of early morning air after the alfalfa was cut and sitting in our robes drinking coffee. Early every morning my “Nana” would have her old percolating coffee pot going. I loved the taste of her heavily sweetened coffee and the happy feeling in the air. Not to mention her tamales, tortillas, beans, and albondigas.
- There was the time when I was in kindergarten and a much older child was hitting me. My Mom took me to her grandmother’s house, I was so upset so worried. The bully’s grandmother gave me a big hug “Oh Sugar here, sit, eat” she sat me down with the most delicious plate of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy while she discussed with my mother how they would address her grand daughter’s behavior. I miss her, she was a kind gentle soul.
- Every funeral I ever attended there was a lot of food; food we would make and food attendees would bring.
- Holidays, My happiest time , is huge for me. I love baking during the holidays and do my best to share the goods with family and neighbors. It’s the end of September and I am already thinking about making holiday food with the kids, I can whip out frosted sugar cookies in 30 minutes flat!
That is all fine to a point. It’s when I am standing in the kitchen at war with own mind half pulling out my own hair because I know that I am not hungry. I know that I am looking for something to emotional sustain me, and that need is strong. On most days I walk out of the kitchen successfully avoiding eating things I didn’t need any of it but it always leaves me to wonder if I have a binge eating disorder.
What I do know about my emotional eating?
- It’s bad when I’m tired. My last three children have not realized sleeping is a good thing. My sleep is far in a deficit I don’t know if I will ever regain those hours back.
- It’s bad when I am stressed, which is most of the time. Try taking care of a House, Husband, Six Children, Home and Deadlines.
I know it’s an emotional, physiological need that I am trying to fill… Why is it that we can’t crave fruits or veggies when we are having an emotional episode?
Here is more on Emotional Eating from my friends and experts at BMI Texas…
The Impact of Stress on Emotional Eating… In today’s technology-driven world, we are constantly reminded to maintain a healthy diet – and, even more importantly, to incorporate nutritious foods and portion control into our daily lives. So why does the United States have a current obesity rate of 27.7 percent? While there is no single reason for this, stress linked to emotional eating is a leading factor in the increasing number of overweight Americans.
Emotional eating can be caused by a variety of things, most commonly increased cortisol levels, overindulgence at social events, nervous energy, reverting to childhood favorite foods as a coping strategy, and the desire to take focus off emotions like fear, anger, resentment, anxiety and an assortment of others. If you are an emotional eater watching your weight or trying to lose weight, it’s important to be aware of your tendencies. Keep a watchful eye on the things that trigger you to emotionally eat and develop effective ways to manage stress. If your emotional eating has already propelled you into the category of being considered overweight, there are several options you can implement to get back on track. These include following a healthier diet plan that has been created by an expert dietitian and taking part in a supervised weight loss workout plan. You can learn more about
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