Saturday, February 13, 2010
Choose Your Own [Emotional Eating] Adventure
At times, most of us have those feelings that make us want to run for the cookies for comfort. It won't work, and then you're battling the emotion of guilt, too.
Instead of giving in to that particular emotion and it's corresponding craving, look back and find a positive emotional experience. Is there something in that one you can use to derail this feeling? Or at least change the subject from ice cream to something less harmful? Go play with your dog, jump on the bed, or take a walk. At night, plop in a happy or mindless flick, take a shower, or simply go to bed.
So, I got sad and decided to take a walk instead of eat crap. Outside, I remembered my weekly (um, daily?) journeys that ended up 7-11 when I was a kid. My brothers and I would load up on candy, chips, and Slurpees, hang out, and take the long way home.
Instead of all that stuff, I grabbed a Crystal Light Slurpee and took the long way home. Things were better. I like this ending.