Last week, I had a very emotional day!
I ate 15 oreos dipped in a Cake batter dip!
do you know how many calories that is!
that is a true statement.
I don't even know how many calories the dip was!
it was not a pretty sight :)
Yesterday, I again was feeling emotional!
(maybe I am emotional a lot)
I happen to be making lemon squares for a family function.
It the midst of my anger and irritation
the middle of my lemon bars did not set.
I was ready to give up on all things good
and eat the whole pan of lemon squares.
(or at least I would eat ALL that didn't fit on my
nicely plated lemon squares)
I quickly remembered the week before
and my consumption of the oreos.
I wasn't any less irritated
or less angry
or less frustrated
after I ate the oreos!
At that moment I decided to use some of the
ideas that I learned in researching
I shared my feelings with my hubby
(an amazingly wonderful supporting man)
and my kids
and my parents!
"I am mad right now...
not at anything any of you did...
but I still am mad...
Right now, I need my space...
I don't need anyone to make me happy...
and I need to stop eating these lemon squares"
It was so liberating!
I only ate one square! It felt great!!
I couldn't believe that I stopped myself from consuming
a ridiculous amount of calories
because I was upset!
it was a great day for me!
I know that these situations will come up again!
They always do!
So I decided to put together a list of things
that have helped me in the past when
I have wanted to eat for any other reason
because emotional eating is real.
Emotional or stress eating is not because
I have a lack of will power.
It is not because I am lazy.
or because I am weak.
There are real physiological and psychological
reasons why we eat emotionally.
When we are stressed, our body releases cortisol
which in turn causes us to crave sugar, carbs, and fatty foods!
Walk away from the food! Just do it! Get away!
I have this fantastic friend who pours water
on the treat after she has had her couple bites!
I am always amazed with her!
Brush your teeth
My mom gave me the idea to brush my teeth.
Foods do not taste good when you have that minty taste
in your mouth.
It is really a great idea.
It also gets you away from the food
and gives you a moment to focus on something else.
I love music!
It is a great motivator, distractor, energizer!
Whatever you need it to be...it can be!!
I currently use spotify
and have different playlists for what I need!
Sometimes I need quiet
sometimes I need energizing!
The music that we hear at Jazzercise
are usually great songs to get me out of a funk
and help give me strength to stop emotional eating.
Sometimes, when I am struggling,
I just need to walk away from all and get
to another Jazzercise class.
Exercise is a great
way to release
the feel good neurotransmitters!
Plus you are burning more calories.
Another thing about exercise
is that it gives me more calories to eat
during the day, if I need.
So if I eat the one lemon square...
it is not a big deal!
A De-stress Box!
I have a wonderful friend who is a therapist.
He gave me the idea to have a de-stress box.
Place something in the box
from each of the 5 senses
that helps to calm or soothe.
For instance, my box includes
sight: a picture of a beach
touch: a really soft blanket
taste: a small piece of pomegranate chocolate
smell: a bag with a cotton ball that has a few
drop of my favorite essential oil
it smells of cinnamon and cloves and eucalyptus
sound: a picture of jason mraz
to remind me to listen to the song
I Won't Give Up
It is on my phone.
So, if I am feeling exceptionally stressed
I will go in my room, turn off the lights,
listen to my jason mraz song
eat my bite sized chocolate
and wrap in my blanket
smell my yummy smell
and imagine the beach.
My kids actually like to stay
in my room and be super quiet and have some calm time as well.
I think everyone needs a de-stress box
it has made me happy that our weather is warmer
and it is easier to get outside
and enjoy the colors, the sounds, the smells.
Get your craft on!
This last year I wanted to learn how to
make those fantastic deco mesh wreaths...
so I did.
There are great tutorials all over.
This was my fall wreath I made!
Your hands are busy...you can't eat and make
this at the same time.
well maybe you could, but nobody wants crumbs in their wreath
don't let yourself get starving!
Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day!
The other day, my sweet 9 year old
came to me while I was making dinner.
She was starving and she could not hold
her emotional self together any longer!
I know that feeling.
When I am hungry I can't deal
with emotional things
and easily become irritated!
Don't let yourself get to that point.
Make a list of easy and quick
low calorie snacks that you can grab and
I like pretzels and a string cheese
or the fiber one protein bars
or a cutie and a string cheese
there is nothing better than writing down
let it out!
why are you feeling the way you are.
Get yourself a cute journal and keep it with you
so that when you are struggling you can write it down.
focus on the positive and do not criticize yourself!
It is so easy to think negative thoughts
about how we failed.
We need to change those negative thoughts
into positive thoughts!
I seriously honestly said this to my sweet friend Nanette today:
"at least I only ate one lemon square
instead of 15...like the oreos...
that is serious progress."
and yes we gave each other a high five.
which brings me to my most important
have friends you can talk to
support each other
help each other find the positives.
My sister and I are trying to lose weight together!
We are now over 60 days into our journey!
We have supported each other every step of the way!
We are actually sticking to our plan
cause we are helping each other
to be successful!
take time for yourself
fill your bucket!
I know that I can not deal
with life as well
when I am not taking care of me!
I can not take care of
if I am not taking care of me!
So do what you need to fill your bucket
take a bubble bath, plant a garden,
read a book, paint your nails,
get your hair done, watch a movie,
play a round of candy crush!!
and don't feel guilty about it!
How do you deal with emotional eating?
How do you stop yourself from eating
when you aren't hungry!
I would love to hear!
and by the way:
here is the link to the cake batter dip
if you aren't feeling emotional,
it is really yummy and great to have for a party:
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to