1/21/07

what kind of eater am i?

well the GDT toronto get-together was interesting. It's funny to see how animated and opinionated ladies are online translate into in real life. They're really an articulate and intelligent bunch. I was very impressed. Although I don't post much on that board (used to post more on the 20s board, and even then, not much at all), it was nice to go out and actually meet people who understand what I'm going through and just talk about regular stuff :) So today I did my regular Sunday thang: my 1-hour run and other assorted fun at the gym which would be followed by crazy ass baking for the week (woohoo!). My friend at the gym showed up when I was finishing up and scared the bejeezus out of me (note: do not keep your head down, listen to tool full blast with your back turned to people...they will come up and poke you). Seems like she's having a rough week and isn't dealing well with stress and being able to stay OP. She asked me if I was an emotional eater, to which I thought, no, not really. I'm an overeater, period. I don't have to be emotional to go and eat a tub of ice cream. I just have to be bored and hungry. Like I'm not depressed or stressed or upset right now, but because I just thought about ice cream, I'm thinking, "hey, i should put my shoes on and run to Mac's and get some Haagen Dazs...." I have always made BAD choices and will eat those bad choices until i'm completely FULL. I'm sure I've turned to food in times of stress, but I wouldn't say that I'm one to turn to food specifically for comfort. So I felt USELESS giving her advice as to how to avoid turning to food when stressed. I tried, but I think I failed. So for any of you who think you're "emotional eaters," what do you do differently NOW to avoid going over points and going for comfort foods when stressed?

4 comments:

~paige~ said...

I am a complete "anytime" eater. I don't like to play favourites with my emotions and say I eat when I am sad or bored or lonely. I love all of my emotions eevenly and will eat for any reason at all. sucks.
I can't find those darn snack cakes anywhere either! I too have tried like 4 Sobey's now. It is driving me MAAAAAD

Shirls said...

I'm a bored eater, if I'm bored I eat without a doubt. List that under the reasons why I took up knitting and crocheting more, my hands are busy with something they don't stuff my face. I too find that question really hard to answer, I think those that are emotional eaters really benefit from writing down why they are eating along with what they ate to try to see a pattern.. just a thought.

Mandy said...

I agree - I eat with every emotion, so it's not just bad emotions. I notice that I always want to eat when I'm upset, but I also want to eat when something extra good happens and I want to eat to celebrate. Society has so focused every event around 'food' that I think we all sync into that and that's where a lot of our troubles come from. We need to focus more on activities and things that do not include food and we'll be able to get our priorities straight. I totally get what you're saying.

Amuldoon said...

I'm an anytime kinda eater too. And my biggest problem is my inability to recognize when I'm full.

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