Monday, November 15, 2010

Emotional Eating

Medicine Net defines emotional eating as, "Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food -- usually "comfort" or junk foods -- in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions."

This is totally me!  It's not all the time but, generally, when I overeat this is my problem.  I'm sad about something so i fill my belly with M&Ms, cupcakes, or ice cream.  I think I definitely overdid it on the comfort foods today.  I had Cinnamon Toast Crunch (and a banana!) for breakfast, pizza for lunch, a cupcake for a snack.  I did have squash, potatoes, and carrots for dinner but then I finished off with ice cream.  This is a problem, no?  I think I need someone to come and stay so I can stop this craziness!

Besides, even when i'm not emotionally eating junk, I'm still eating like crap since Todd's gone.  Most meals, if I eat a "meal" at all is a hodge podge of foods like crackers and yogurt that are eaten standing up next to the island bouncing my sweet baby on my hip.  Not exactly inspiring healthy eating!

But, I promise to try and start doing better.



Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) said...

You are so right about emotional eating. I go for the chocolate every time. It's a tough thing to shake sometimes.

But...tomorrow is a new day. I always try to remember that and not beat myself over the day before :)

Midwest Mommy said...

It's tricky what our minds can do. I am guilty of this too.

TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Thanks Melissa, you're right. One day at a time!

Debbie said...

And there is always about one week a month where I crave sugar like there is no tomorrow!

Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress said...

Hola, Khara! I thought of you today when I managed to get my lazy butt to the gym for 30 minutes.

Oh, wait, so a handful of M&M's is not a lunch? Umm....I may need to make some adjustments.

Shell said...

I'm horrible about this! Every once in a while, I try to stop by getting rid of all the junk in the house- and then I just end up CRANKY.

OurLittleBlessingS said...

i'm def an emotional eater...going on WW helped me a ton. i went on it right after we lost our baby this summer b/c i figured i'd be a wreck and just eat eat eat.
staying home is difficult too-bored eating!! or an 'oh i forgot to eat and its 3pm-i'll eat everything!' :D

TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Well, Jess, you look beautiful! And that 3pm eating, totally me, too! Where does the time go? I don't know!

Minky {moo} said...

City Mom said...

OMG I have this issue really seriously too! Some days I'm okay, other days I binge and I feel awful afterwards.

I have tried to fix it a number of different ways but stress is a reality in (my) life so I have to get around it somehow!

I'm joining Jenny Craig in the hopes that I can learn to eliminate my habits and learn over time to recognize what triggers it etc.

I'll keep you updated!

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