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Emotional Eating versus Nurturing

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Monday, February 01, 2021

I am an emotional eater. As you know, if you read my blogs, my favorite aunt passed away Dec 22 and I had to identify her body. She was a hoarder. There was no room to take the body out on a gurney. They had to drag her out. It was heart wrenching.

I had hand surgery on Dec 29 and most likely will have a seroma removed from my back in Feb/ March.

It has been rough physically and mentally. Praise God for seeing me through!

I want to eat things that are not so healthy to soothe. I have to have frequent talks with myself about how those not so healthy foods are really going to make me feel. I have to ask myself “What can I eat that will make me feel BETTER, more HEALTHY, more ENERGETIC?” “What do I really want?”

Sometimes I really want sleep. Other times I’m actually lonely and want someone to really connect with. Sometimes I’m just hurting inside and I want an emotional band-aid.

Here is my personal recipe for an emotional band-aid:
We usually think that we do not want to feel X. Ok, that isn’t possible. We cannot feel a negative, so what can we feel? We need to imagine what we DO want to feel. Then figure out a way to get it without food. In other words, sad? Watch a funny movie. Lonely, call a friend. Need comfort? Crawl in bed under a comfy blanket. That sort of thing.

Hoping this helps you. It has helped me these past few months to take care of myself.

Beth Donovan, my 200th blog entry
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