There are enough negative images in media that boost the tie to food and the emotions. We watch a movie where a couple breaks up and there is a half of gallon of ice cream to soothe the hurt. When we celebrate, we go out to eat to commemorate the occasion. If we are sitting at home bored, we run to the kitchen to snack or seem to graze all day. We have heard the terms emotional eater, I’m starving or during certain times we crave sugar or chocolate. This is week 7 of the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program and we talked about overcoming cravings, hunger and emotional eating. We also learned the difference between each one. Hey, before now, I thought it was all the same. When I thought about food, I ate it. We practiced exercises to allow us to see that each one of these states of being is not the same. The exercise that sticks out to me the most was learning that I can wait. So many times, getting food and eating it is like an emergency. The truth is, we are not literally starving. I don’t know the last time my stomach actually growled. I never give it the chance, eating on demand and feeding my body whenever the craving of the day called. I had to assess what causes me to eat when I am not hungry. I laughed at the notion that sometimes we are not hungry, but thirsty. If you think you are hungry, drink water and wait. Really? It works. I have come farther than I thought because I have been hungry, drank water and waited. All of a sudden a few hours pass and will you look-a-there, I am alive and did not starve. I was not hungry. I mean, how could I be when I had eaten a large meal only an hour or so before. But this mind can play tricks on us. Fit Mind. Fit Mind. I am mentally strengthening to endure this journey. The lesson was right on time. I would pick up food and eat it in the car, but I lived 5 minutes away from the pickup. I think I told myself I like it hot and fresh. Discussing this behavior out loud and through this week’s lesson, I see how that practice was a part of the many practices that were detrimental to being able to achieve any real weight loss. Being cognizant of eating mindfully, moving my body and knowing when I am hungry has been so helpful. This week I am down another 1 pound for a total of 11.6 pounds. In between these words on the page, I am working behind the scenes. My birthday is coming up and I usually go all out with eating, drinking and desserts. My family is also coming to visit for the first time since starting this program. I am nervous about keeping with the program, but tests are good. If you knew how badly I ate during birthdays and how badly I ate with family, you would know this upcoming week will be where the “rubber meets the road”. Stay tuned. Feel free to follow my progress and comment on your experience with cravings, hunger and emotional eating.
Written by PurplePearls