I. Am. An. Emotional. Eater.
There... I said it, admitted it and have owned it. I know there are many out there like me. I once felt the shame, but now have accepted it. I associate food with happiness, sadness, frustration and even boredom. I always thought it would be something that I could over come. If I had enough willpower, I would get to a point where I wouldn't have those urges... okay, so I am not always right.
For the most part, I can override the habit of literally feeding my emotions. I can workout, run, shop (not the best either! lol) and find something, ANYTHING to not eat bc of my mood. Once I realized that I could distract myself enough to not indulge, I was pretty amazed. I don't always get past it though, I have miss steps, but at the end of the day, the thing we must focus on is... I am making better choices than I used to.
The reason why I have brought this subject up, is the fact that I have had some interesting things going on lately. Some new, potentially exciting things and a little loneliness. It has made it difficult to not stuff the emotions with food. I have been letting those rollercoaster feelings run my decisions of what to eat and when to eat the past few weekends. I have caved, I have worked out... I have caved some more and shopped a lot. I am human. No one can expect a 100% on point healthy lifestyle. If you are... you are going to set yourself up for failure. I have survived my emotional eating and so will every emotional eater out there, that wants to. That is the main point.
You have to want to get yourself past it. Hiding the emotions behind frozen yogurt and gummy bears (my food of choice this time around!) doesn't help anyone and sure as hell doesn't make you feel better after eating them. If you get that 90% of the time... you are golden.
I shall take my 10% failure of the past few weeks and try to learn from them. Not saying I will never again allow my emotions to dictate what/when I eat... but I will try my damnedest to make it as infrequent as possible
Don't strive to be perfect, no one is. Strive to be better than you were yesterday.