When are you most likely to overeat?? What are the circumstances?
In Chapter One of Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self Image and God, Mary DeTurris Poust shares some scenarios when she would mindlessly eat - "contemplated difficult work situation ... thoughts of how failing as a mother ... reflected on spiritual life ... not out of hunger but to fill a void." She also reminds us that sometimes, "A Cookie is just a Cookie" meaning, there doesn't always have to be some deep-seeded psychological reason behind mindless eating or overeating . There are times (many times for me actually) when I eat because I am bored, stressed, just because I like the taste of something and enjoy eating it.
So my goal for today is to be more mindful of eating and emotions, and just plain ole eating.
Actually -- there is a particular feeling about food, I pray I am able to get to the source of and perhaps move on from because I know it leads to a great number of my food binges or just unhealthy food choices. There are times when I should say no or make a better food choice but I struggle to or flat out don't because I don't want to be deprived. This doesn't just occur when I with a skinny friend eating a hamburger while I nosh a salad - I can be ALONE and still wrestle with this 'sad-but I want it - feeling' around food.
My inner voice becomes very childlike - an inner temper tantrum if I am being completely honest. This inability to deny myself the sweet, treat or comfort type food -- has been a recurring issue for many years. I think it is is time to figure out why I have such a visceral response to situations when it would be best or healthier NOT to eat the food. Heck most of those times I AM not even hungry, and eating it has made me sick or nauseous, yet the fear of being left out or not having the instant gratification of whatever the food in front of me is, I always give in! Hmmmm, bringing this to pray and contemplation today?
What about you ..."Are you more included toward emotional or mindless eating"?
*All quoted material from Cravings ... if you want to read along you can find the book HERE!