Monday, January 14, 2008

emotional eating

for once i'm happy that the weekend was over. it was really terrible in a lot of ways, although good in some as well.

the good: i had fun dancing with my friends, my bf made me a nice breakfast, i ran 4 miles on the treadmill saturday morning even though i *really* didn't want to, i got curtains for my condo and put them up so now i feel like my every move isn't on view to the world.

the bad: extreme family drama, drinking way too much, overcrowded bars and ikeas, very bad food choices including poutine (twice), burger king (whopper... what was i thinking although it was tasty), making cookies and eating 1/2 the dough, nachos with cheese melted, and probably more i'm blocking from my memory.

i definitely fall into the category of "emotional eater" which bothers me but what can i do about it? not do it? not that easy. i have started reading this book and it basically says that recovering from an eating disorder is very unlikely and symptoms in adults (as opposed to adolescents and young women) tend to be ignored because they assume that adult women a) have "recovered" whatever that means or b) grow out of their problems. binge eating and emotional eating should be considered eating disorders as well. it's like alcoholism. you wouldn't expect a recovering alcoholic to walk into a bar every day and have one drink and be satisfied and happy. but those who have/had a problem with overeating in the past still have to deal with food and reasonable portion sizes at every meal. sucks! i know i'm a negative nancy today but it really is the pits.

here is today's menu:
brown sugar cinnamon weight control quaker oatmeal.
lean cuisine pizza
spinach salad
chicken hot dogs

and i am going to the gym after work even though i don't want to. exercise = happy. happy = no more negative nancy. maybe some sunshine would help too.


Sara said...

I don't have an answer for you. I can't get rid of emotional eating the only thing I've been able to do is to raise the bar as to when I need to stress eat. So instead of just little things now it is bigger things. I agree that it is an eating disorder totally. It is funny how people who binge are looked at negatively, lazy, no self control, etc and people who starve or binge and purge are looked at as being ill. Total double standard.

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Good luck feeling better!

I don't overeat when I am emotional, I just don't eat. Once I lost 10 lbs from being so upset. I didnt eat more than part of a meal for weeks. Eeek. But then on days I am bored, I tend to eat quite frequently.

I wish I could help you with your stuff, but I am sure you can handle it all by yourself, or at least with the support of us bloggers and your friends and family :-)

I am thinking of you :-)

CaRoLyN said...

Hmmm Book looks really good and it seems to raise some interesting points. I'll have to check it out on my next stop at the bookstore.
I'm more of a bored eater. If I've got nothing else do to, the first thinng I'll want to do is go to the fridge or go cook something. I'm thinking of taking up knitting to keep my hands busy while I'm at home!

eat like a caveman said...

thanks for being honest and sharing about your problem. we're here to help! *hug* i truly truly enjoy your blog and it's one of my faves, i must say. at least you got right back on track to your normal routine of foods today....cuz hey, it's not like you eat a burger everyday, right?

and you're so right about hitting the gym. It's not about burning all the calories, but going there just to feel better, more uplifted, in tune with your body and spirit. it's definitely a happy dopamine!

i KNOW you will have a good week. =)

Anonymous said...

negative nancy, that is too cute. I hope you are feeling better soon tho girl. I think I will pick up that book you have there too. :)

Anne said...

I hope the gym made you feel a little better, and don't worry about being a negative nancy, we're here to listen.

I'm also an emotional eater, sucks big.

Vanessa aka Wheebs said...

I hope you're feeling better today!