Today’s post is in response to the Daily Prompt “Struggle“.
As the name* of this blog suggests, eating for me is kind of a big deal. But finding the balance between eating for nourishment and eating until I am about to burst is something that I have struggled with my entire life. This struggle has a name, and it’s called “Emotional Eating”.
Emotional eating is not anything new. It happens whenever we eat because of how we’re feeling, well, emotionally (as oppose to physically) and I’m sure we all do it to some extent. As I’ve outlined in the What Eat’s About page, there are many emotionally linked reasons why I eat. The one that always gets me is when I eat because I want to avoid doing something (i.e. eating to procrastinate).
My procrastination looks like this: instead of just tackling what I need to do head-on, like a responsible adult, I go to that happy place known as the kitchen, and rummage through the fridge or cupboards for food. The less time it takes to prepare it, the better. And I’ll keep going back to this honey hole until either the food runs out and/or my stomach explodes. With no more viable food options nor a functioning stomach, all I am left with is the same task I was trying to avoid in the first place.
I am trying to change this behaviour, however. The struggle here is in reminding myself how the task(s) I am avoiding usually ends up being easier than expected, and that I always feel very accomplished for getting it done! But, it can be hard to undo a pattern you’ve relied on for 30+ years…
Do you struggle with emotional eating? How do you cope with it?
Want some resource(s) on how to cope with emotional eating? Check out my new Resources page! I will be adding third-party links as I go, hopefully you’ll find them useful too!
* By the way, the name of this blog has been a struggle for me as well. I’m not sure if I’m 100% sold on the name, but since this blog is still living out its Origin Story, I guess only time will tell what this blog, and its name, will become.