Emotional eating is a challenge I have had throughout my life. Here is a funny story of one of my finest moments recently!
I had a couple of very stressful days, someone I love was in distress and there wasn’t much I could do at the time. You know that helpless feeling you get when you worry for your loved ones? I did the grocery shopping with my hubby and bought extra chocolate (my “go to” stress fix).
We put our shopping bags in the boot (that is the trunk for those of you in USA), however I wanted to grab the chocolate out of the shopping bag to eat in the car on the way home (because we had a 5 minute drive and I knew I couldn’t possibly wait that long)! Yes, I’m afraid it was that bad!
The bags were on the other side of the very large boot so I literally was hanging out of the boot, half in half out to get the chocolate. I am glad there was nobody filming it!
Can you relate? Not exactly my finest moment, however, that is the reality for most of us, we reach for something to feel good or numb ourselves.
I made a point of consciously doing more walking to clear stress hormones and be in nature. I ultimately cut out the emotional eating by day 4. There is definitely a line between self-care, compassion and just trashing your body. I have become pretty good at recognising my behavours, and teaching other people how to do the same. Self-care involves staying present enough to acknowledge and be honest about what you are doing to yourself and when/if it is an issue.