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My emotions are made of Ice Cream and Cheese!!!

I am an emotional eater.  I eat my feelings. When I am happy I eat Ice Cream, When I am sad I eat cheese, when I am angry I eat pasta and cheese, and when I am board I eat whatever garbage I can find.  I know this because I actually feel the click in my brain when these emotions are happening.  I think “I am so (insert emotion here) I could just eat a………

 

So last night when my Hubby came home with some minor frustrating news right at dinner time my brain went right to food and how much I am going to eat for dinner. He made Cheeseburgers with white cheddar pasta (kids favorite).  When I got my plate I had 1 serving of each and then when I was finished I waited 15 min while I had a war in my brain of if I should have seconds or not.  Instead I went in and recorded my food.  I decided that if I had enough calories left for the day WITHOUT exercising I would allow myself to have a second burger.  Alas I did not have enough. Good thing too because I really didn’t want the food I just wanted to feel better…kindof.

 

I have come to a conclusion the last couple weeks.  I emotionally eat because I would rather deal with the fact that I am eating than deal with the real problem.  I would rather beat myself up because I ate a candy bar and a bag of chips smothered in cheese, than deal with the fact that my car broke again.  Weird.  I think it’s and easier fix.  I eat crappy and I can fix it because I know what to do.  Eat smaller portions, eat veggies and fruit more and not so much fat and sugar.  It’s simple compared with  how to put new wheel bearing on my car and when I will find the time and how much it’s going to cost and etc etc etc.

 

I am proud of myself though.  Last night I realized why I eat.  The problem didn’t get fixed.  I didn’t wake up happier because I found a solution….until I stepped on the scale and was down 1.4lbs.  Had I decided to eat this little success wouldn’t have been there.  I wouldn’t feel like I could take on my frustration today and accept it with out food had I stuffed my face.

 

Minor Victory but a victory none the less.  Now to remember this next time……

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28 comments:

KJFairywings wrote over 1 year:
I can soooo relate! I too am an emotional eater. Yesterday was awful for me but I am putting it behind me and starting again today.... You are doing great! One victory at a time!!
Erika050687 wrote over 1 year:
I am right there with you I do the same thing and I eat cheese when I am stressed whats that about lol, I ate like three pieces last night alone, I really need to stop that.
SuseeQ62 wrote over 1 year:
And...I also am an emotional eater! It's not a good thing. I like how you "found" that it's easier to beat yourself up for overeating, than to deal with the problem at hsnd...That also is SO me...now I am going to do the same...one little Victory at a time.
Thanks!!1
healingwords2013 wrote over 1 year:
I am the exact same way, Ice cream, cheese, and reeses peanut butter cups are my weekness. I also eat when I am board.I eat and feel gulity then I end up eating more... I see "perfect" people on tv and get discouraged that I don't look like them and eat more it ends up being a vicious cycel. thank you for sharing, glad I am not the only one struggeling with this.. ;-)
AmberButterfly wrote over 1 year:
I'm there too, single parent of three when the bills are due it's all on me to pay, it's easier to turn to food. You made the right choice.
moonsforeyes wrote over 1 year:
I can relate to this so much. Worrying about food and your intake is much "easier," than the problems we have every single day. I am also comforted by food, even for a temporary period of time. Good for you for ignoring another burger! Writing this will be useful too when you want to emotionally eat again, you have this to reflect on and remember how happy you were you didn't have seconds!
Melimel2611 wrote over 1 year:
I am also an emotional eater. I can relate to you've said and the quilt I feel afterwards. This week, I'm making a bigger effort to control my emotional eating by cutting back on my (unhealthy) snacking and writting everything down that i put in my mouth. It's a start...
rlong637 wrote over 1 year:
Story of my life too, that's why i'm here!
rbraddy wrote over 1 year:
I am in the same boat with all of you. Ice cream is one of my worst weaknesses because I was raised on it but any kind of junk is what I want to eat. Whether I am up or down emotionally or bored, I want to eat and then when I do, I am mad at myself for doing it. After the fact, then I tell myself that it was not worth it and really it's not. We just have to take one day at a time and deal with our problems because as long as we live we are going to have them and we need to learn another way to deal with them instead of food. "We need to eat to live, but not live to eat."
boatsie77 wrote over 1 year:
This is not a minor victory...it is a MAJOR WIN! You've cracked the code on the ONLY way you can get over your addiction to food as medicine. Keep practicing what you've learned over and over and you will soon find that you can overcome any and all situations (your mind blows up in huge proportions) without the benefit of relying on food as a crutch--and an imaginary and dangerous one at that. If you don't practice this, and even substitute 'healthy' habits in place of food, you will never learn that you really have the strength to overcome ANYTHING life can throw your way. It's refreshing to hear from someone who finally has discovered the true secret to getting and remaining healthy for a lifetime...BRAVO!
readyAIMfire wrote over 1 year:
Good job!
mhdozier1 wrote over 1 year:
Good call! Another thing you can do is replace your craving with a healthier version -- instead of ice cream, try blending/beating 2 scoops protein powder with 2 oz milk & a cup of berries -- mix till it's fluffy and then freeze. That's only 200 cal worth of creamy treat, and I bet you won't be able to eat it all (it's that satisfying). You can add some conservative toppings to make it sundae-like -- banana pieces, cinnamon, etc.

Also try repeating affirmations like "Even though I am experiencing this craving, I still love & appreciate myself." You can 'feed' your emotional need that way too.

Best of luck on your health journey! Every step forward counts.
mrzpeep1 wrote over 1 year:
wow! that is really an intelligent observation I never thought of emotional eating like that. I know I do it but didn't realize why until I read your blog.
lem_orc29 wrote over 1 year:
"I emotionally eat because I would rather deal with the fact that I am eating than deal with the real problem"

Profound. Thanks for sharing.
norrisski wrote over 1 year:
Realizing why we do things is half the battle. Fixing them is the other half. Good job.
anifani4 wrote over 1 year:
I can totally relate. Discovered I had pathological guilt. I felt guilty about everything in my life and I didn't even know it. But I could overeat and feel guilty about that so I didn't even have to acknowledge the underlying guilt. However fixing that one area did not fix ME. I still want to eat over emotions of every kind. It's a step at a time. Writing down how I feel, or talking to someone who will really listen and help me sort it out is what works for me.

Thanks for sharing. Wonderful insight. Keep up the good work. hugs
cchelll wrote over 1 year:
mhdozier1 Thanks for the advice but I think maybe a healthy choice would actually be to deal with the emotions than continue to eat them at all. Maybe exercize would be much better :)
triathlete5301 wrote over 1 year:
"I emotionally eat because I would rather deal with the fact that I am eating than deal with the real problem. I would rather beat myself up because I ate a candy bar and a bag of chips smothered in cheese, than deal with the fact that my car broke again. "

Wow! I just read this and it hit me like a freight train- it's 100% true! I can relate- I did this last night. What a revelation! Knowing is the first step to getting better. Keep up the good work, and know that there are others out there that feel the same!
leeleeloulou wrote over 1 year:
yes i get it too! when it comes to over stuffing yourself - you can start again tomorrow/next week/ next month when "things have calmed down" I've done this sooo many times and then I kick myself when the original frustration is solved but I've still put on the equivalent of a small mammal.
Well done xxxxx
VickiLynnD57 wrote over 1 year:
WOW, its like you are me....and YOU just helped me turn that switch on for me...even though my loss is a good one i have struggled with the emotional eating and then some.... THANK YOU!

seems to me u are rocking it !!
georgina1970 wrote over 1 year:
This is a MAJOR victory. Now you know why, and last night found a solution to avoid eating more than you needed. Any distraction from eating will help. I am also an emotional eater, and gradually it does get easier. Keep strong.
MamaTSB wrote over 1 year:
My old weight watchers leader would say "Deal with your stuff, don't stuff your face."
happypath101 wrote over 1 year:
Great self-awareness! I grew up in a house where we were not allowed to express emotion. Everyone had to be happy all of the time. (Until, of course, someone had a major meltdown - usually one of the "adults".) It took me a LONG time to learn it's OK to feel: annoyed, frustrated, confused, tired, disappointed, or angry. Once I could just feel that way and not try to eat it away, it was a whole new world. :O)
Vonnie2006 wrote over 1 year:
WOW WOW WOW! I'm reading the 15 invaluable laws of growth for 2013 and reading this you have landed smack dab in the middle of the Law of Awareness! This is no small matter. None in deed. This is the first step to permanent change and yes Growth. This time growth in the positive sense of the word! I am proud of you. Please don't diminish this accomplishment. Pat yourself on the back. Even without the 1.4lb loss you WON!
jvarhaug wrote over 1 year:
A profound blog-post, I am glad on your behalf of how you realized the matter and how you dealt with it this time.

Your suggestion of workouts instead of food in your response also apeal to me if it is possible.

You are doing well now on this journey, we will cheer at you also the coming rounds. WTG!
jvarhaug wrote over 1 year:
A profound blog-post, I am glad on your behalf of how you realized the matter and how you dealt with it this time.

Your suggestion of workouts instead of food in your response also apeal to me if it is possible.

You are doing well now on this journey, we will cheer at you also the coming rounds. WTG!
recee96 wrote over 1 year:
I definitely agree! Thanks for sharing!
sbrownallison wrote over 1 year:
I can relate to this, too. I totally recognize the "click" you describe! Powerful stuff to figure this out, so good on you.

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