Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Emotional Eaters Anonymous

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Hello. My name is Samantha and I'm an emotional eater.

There.  I said it.  The past few days have been riddled with unexpected stresses.  And as I've tried to deal with the stresses, I've taken solace in my bag of chocolate chips.  And the Samoas in my freezer.  Why?  Why, people? 

I don't know why.  I just know that food is comforting.  And delicious.

Mind you, I like Audrey, have been having three healthy meals a day.  I've been drinking all my water, too. And quitting 2 hours before bedtime - man, I'm shoving something in right at 8:59!  But it's those little moments when I think of a problem I'm dealing with and decide (YES, I DECIDE) to calm my worries and nerves with something sweet or savory, usually of the highly caloric variety. 

Ugg.  That's what I have to say about it.  And I've had enough! I welcome any suggestions for change - keeping in mind that I have an infant in tow, so up and running off to the gym to workout my frustrations is not feasible.

Emo - out.


  1. HAHA! I am an emotional eater as well. And...let me tell you. Work is STRESSFUL right now and there is CANDY everywhere and I want to SHOVEL it in my mouth. Today my monthly friend came today and now I would like to SHOVEL more in my mouth. When I come up with a solution for that, I'll let you know.
    Thanks, Bye.

  2. I don't have any suggestions, but I think you're great. And I love you a whole bunch.

  3. I am such an emotional eater as well. The only thing I try to do, the operative word is try, not that I succeed, is to limit my intake of the sweet that I am consuming. Here is what I do. I see some sweet item I want to consume immediately. For example, thin mints in the freezer. I will get 2 of them, i try to halve the serving size. Then I walk away from the freezer and go to another room and eat the cookie. I know this sounds cheesy but I will take some deep breaths and then go back to the task I was doing. This works sometimes but then again some days are just too much. :)

  4. I've been trying to find healthier options for the cravings too. A healthy samoa?! Hmmm, now that's a challenge! Maybe whip up a no-bake cookie with dark chocolate chips, rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, a few mini marshmellows and a 1/2 tsp of peanut butter 1/2 tsp honey, rolled in hot cocoa mix. Or a piece of gum.

  5. Let me ask you a question: Does eating the treats make you feel better, does it calm your stress? I've found that I just end up feeling guilty and that ruins any pleasure I get from eating the goodie. I've been trying to save my treats for the evening, when I'm sure I have enough calories left for them, then I always enjoy them without guilt.

    I've noticed since the beginning of this challenge that I've been napping more. It may be partly due to being tired from exercise, but a lot of it has to do with wanting to shut my brain off in the afternoon so I stop thinking about food. Some days are harder than others. I've definitely noticed that I do better when I'm not sitting at home with the fridge at my disposal. So try to get out of the house for awhile each day.

    Lately I haven't felt on top of things, like I'm not accomplishing much (taking too many naps). But each day when I add up my points I feel like there's at least ONE thing I did right that day. That's a large part of my motivation, having something tangible to show that I'm not a lazy slug.