Comfort Eating: Do You?
Comfort Eating is something I had not realized I had been doing, but now that I am aware of it, it seems I have been doing it for as long as I can remember.
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Comfort eating is what we may do when we are feeling blue. Maybe sad, depressed, tired, bored, lonely…when we are looking for something that will make us feel better. Comfort eating might have started when we were young babies and children. If we got an ouchy, or were sad…our mom and dad might have bought us an ice cream or some other treat. I know that as parent myself, that is something I did for my daughters. If they had a rough day for some reason, then it was a great reason to go to Baskin Robbins and get a nice hot fudge sundae.
As we get older comfort eating might occur when we have a problem with a relationship, or a tough day at work. It may occur if we feel a low esteem, and that at least this Caramilk bar will love us if no one else will…well at least the sugar rush will make us feel good!
I know that when ever I have been stressed out in life I did comfort eating. If I was sad because my sports team lost I did comfort eating. If I was feeling sorry for myself for some reason (boo hoo) I did comfort eating. I did this for as long as I can remember. And in fact what is worse is that I would sometimes go see a movie (bye bye money) and then eat a large popcorn, large coke and large chocolate (bye bye money and hello pounds…lol)
I want to give you a real life example of comfort eating … that didn’t happen to me this week! I think this will help you, especially those of you registered for the upcoming 21 Day Health Transformation which is coming up really soon!
On Tuesday, I received a phone call with what seemed devastating news to me. My very first reaction was I decided I needed to go to the corner store and buy a chocolate bar. Can you say comfort eating?
And here’s where I owe it to all of you out there, and to this blog: I did not do comfort eating.
So yes I thought about it, my brain said to do it…it wanted an immediate rush of Dr. Feelgood (sugar). But I asked myself “Ok, so what will happen if I do that?”
1) I will be out $1.50 (because although it may be convenient, a convenience store is never cheap) = financial stress
2) I will eat calories I don’t need , and the chocolate bar basically offers absolutely no sustenance to the body = health stress
3) Mentally I will feel like crap afterwards because I let myself down by doing something I did not want to do = mental stress.
So although the comfort food may have given me some comfort for a few minutes, ultimately the comfort food would add to a lot of dis-stress and potentially dis-ease.
I am giving myself a pat on the back right now as I read this because I can say to myself “Good Job Tony”. Often we love to give praise to others, but sometimes we have to stop and acknowledge ourselves for the good deeds we do for ourselves….we need to show ourselves the love too!
For additional information on comfort eating, here is a link you might find interesting.
We would love to hear your stories of comfort eating, and how your life will change by being aware of it and altering your habits.