Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eating your feelings

You know those days when you come home after a stressful day and head straight for the cupboard?  Yup, I'm guilty of it, and it used to control me and my expanding waistline.  It would be a mind game to myself.  If I had previously been on track, I would somehow convince myself that I didn't deserve the results I was after and I would graze continuously on crunchy, salty, sweet, fatty foods.  A downward spiral, right?

No.  Not anymore.  Yes, I still crave "bad" foods when I'm stressed or have a lot on my mind, but I have REPLACED these habits when I recognize what's going on.  I have a self-check method.  As soon as I hit the cupboard, I ask myself this:

Am I HUNGRY?   (the answer is usually no)
WHY am I reaching for food?  
WHAT is bothering you?

You can see where these questions might lead me.....away from the cupboard.  Some habits I've replaced the destructive eating with include working out, taking the dogs for a walk, doing laundry, painting my nails, mud mask, calling a friend or family member, cleaning the bathroom (HUGE appetite suppressant, lol), and anything that gets me out of the kitchen.

I'll be quite honest, I don't always win, but I think I win enough to make some progress.  I'm fast approaching being the leanest, strongest, physique I've ever been, and I have to believe it's because I have diffused this "bomb" at least 75% of the time.  I do have a method for when I absolutely cannot resist the urge to stuff my face, shakeology.  Yes, seriously.  It has saved me these last two + years.  I normally have it for breakfast, but I will also have it at night when I'm suffering the snack attack.  I love icecream.  I love it so much that I cannot buy it because it will call my name from the freezer until it's gone.  Who's with me on this?  Well, I now make shakeology icecream.  I purposely bought a jet-speed blender with an ice cream button for this purpose, and it comes out like beautiful soft serve ice cream. To find out more about my food hero:

Here's my recipe:
1 cup liquid (I use almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, water, or a combo of)
1 scoop shakeology
Optional-2 Tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
1 cup frozen fruit (some goodies are strawberries, bananas, mixed berries, pineapple, mango, etc)
1-1.5 cups of ice (add LAST, a little at a time and pause blender to stop air pockets, push down with rubber spatula)
Pour into a bowl, grab a spoon and a wool hat to wear ;)  So YUM!

Of course there are times I head for the cupboard and I actually AM hungry.   That's when I start to make a healthy meal.  As I'm cooking, I sometimes have a pile of raw veggies to snack on.  Carrots are a great remedy.

If you are reading this, I encourage you to comment about some of your methods to stop emotional eating.  We can help each other out.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Jessica thank you for sharing! As I read your comments on eating b/c you felt you didn't deserve the results....all to familiar. I would always start working out & watching what I ate. I would start losing weight & feeling good. I always sabatoged myself. I finally have been able to stop that. Its not easy something I want to just quite, but I refuse to let that cycle start again. If I feel like eating, I get moving!

  2. You know my nemesis is the kitchen, especially when I'm stressed out. I've systematically removed temptations from my life by not having them around. I'm nixing my sweet tooth by giving in -maybe- once a week and making it a treat of my choosing.
    You were right about brushing your teeth; I keep a tooth brush and paste at my desk for this very reason. When my teeth are clean, the last thing I want to do is sully my mouth w/ something. Drinking 2-3 32oz bottles of water everyday helps cut cravings too.
    If I'm hungry, I reach for fruit or veggies if on hand. If I'm tired and think I'm hungry, I'll drink a protein shake, brush my teeth and eat a healthy breakfast as soon as I get up. It's a long, slow process, but it's working.

  3. Nice post. For a bit of light relief you might enjoy this cartoon about the food pyramid.