Emotional Eating During The Holidays!

December 12, 2017

Its that time of year again!

 

The food, oh the food. Every time I turn around there is food.  I gained 3 pounds from Thanksgiving weekend, and I did not eat any sweets.  Its crazy how quickly the calories add up and the pounds go on.  I gave up sweets and bread in April, as I realized that my emotional eating needs had turned into a habit.  I no longer ate because I could not control my emotions, I ate because I had not admitted to myself how miserable I was by continuing this bad habit. 

 

Have you ever stopped to think about food as an addiction?  In my opinion, a food addiction is a different kind of addiction, as there are no 30/60/90 days sober.  In my case, my food addiction started when I suffered a life-altering trauma when I was an adolescent.  I was lonely and in pain, and I needed a source of comfort.  Unfortunately, food became my best friend and continued to be so until this year.   My emotional eating caused a great deal of pain in my life, as I have spent most of my adult life as an obese woman.  Furthermore, I did not teach my children healthy eating habits; instead, I taught them how to eat emotionally.   

 

My emotional eating was a vicious cycle that saw no end, as I was so mentally unhealthy, I could not see the damage I was causing.  As I dealt with the path of destruction I lived from the trauma that occurred as an adolescent, I learned my best friend, was not a friend at all.  I knew I needed to make fundamental changes that included finding a new best friend.  Admitting that I had a food addiction was not easy or an overnight process.  I was in denial for years, as my excuse was I have food allergies; therefore, I cannot lose weight.  I never took time to look at the number of calories I was eating or how my actions were the source of my obesity. 

 

With the holidays upon us, I am struggling with the desire to eat dessert!  I have learned that dessert is an all or nothing food for me.  I cannot eat a little here and there, as when I have sugar of any type, I am all in, and eat it several times a day, as it is my drug of choice.   To survive the holidays, I must put myself first!  I know I must focus on why I cannot have dessert, my long-term goals, and how good I feel. 

 

 

Honestly, I no longer crave sugar; however, the old grasps of addiction are still very present.

I have many food allergies that cause me severe issues.  I have begun to listen to my body and make changes accordingly, as I weigh myself twice a day, to further learn about my allergies and to control my weight loss.  I continue to have success, as I have lost 48 pounds since April, by taking control of every avenue of this journey.  I continue to succeed because I have stopped my emotional eating, and have begun to approach food as fuel for my body. 

 

My new best friend is self-care.  Self-care is a necessary part of life and looks different for everyone.  My self-care involves spending time with my husband and family, reading, tv, cooking, and vacationing.  When life dishes up difficulties, I know I must take time for myself, so I do not fall back into old habits.   I encourage you to find a new best friend, put yourself first, and take control of your emotions.   

If you find yourself having a best friend called emotionally eating, and are ready to make changes in your life, I am available to help!  I believe in you, as you can do this! 

 

Much love,

 

Traci

 

 

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