The Zombie Diet

As some of you may know, I battled with depression in my 20’s and broke that cycle in my life. I am victorious! However, I still held onto emotional eating. I never really thought about eating through my emotions but I knew I did it. This afternoon, I received some news that gives my family some uncertainties in the next few months. Without even thinking about my actions, I became like a zombie and numbly walked over to the refrigerator – I finally came to after I opened it and realized there wasn’t any cookie dough on the top shelf. I literally got really, really nervous. What in the world am I going to do now? How can I make this better? If it wasn’t 18 degrees outside, I probably would have tried to run it off. The anxiety of trying to replace my quick fix with a more healthy solution overwhelmed me most of the afternoon…well, that and the bad news. It was almost like withdrawals!
While eating dinner, Jason asked me what my Healthy U class was going to be about tonight. It occurred to me – it was going to be on emotional eating! What perfect timing! I came away not only 2.6 pounds lighter – but gaining more tools in my arsenal to overcome my need to eat to feel better. So I am so thankful that Healthy U was there for me once again!
So the good news is that I did not binge or eat foods for my comfort today. But in return, I didn’t eat much. I was really short on my calories today which is not a wise decision either. Grrrrr!!! I think I was so afraid of eating out of my emotions that I didn’t want to put anything in my mouth. I will continue to find what will work for me when stress comes – I have a few ideas up my sleeve. In the meantime, I will have the confidence that I can eat without going overboard when I am feeling stressed.
Tomorrow is a new day!

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6 thoughts on “The Zombie Diet

  1. Boo, I am so proud of you. You have always had a strength that inspires me. Remember that whatever God has in store for us in the coming months, it is all His plan and for His glory. We will praise Him in the storm.

    I know it is hard not to worry at times, but when you feel you are, remember the following.

    Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)

  2. Thanks for your inspiring story! I have become aware that I use food to relieve my stress too. I am convicted and frustrated to see this cycle in me and am seeking change. It’s nice, encouraging, and comforting to have others alongside in this journey to freedom and truth! Thanks for sharing your struggles so openly and honestly.

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