Are you an emotional eater?
If so, it’s time that we have a talk.
I completely understand that every day is not filled with sunshine and rainbows. We all have those days where we just want to lay down on the couch with a bag of chips and eat our way through our problems. I will be the first to admit that I tend to reach for a bag of peanut butter pretzels and a milkshake after a rough day. I somehow feel like I’ve ‘earned’ it, but let me ask you something… what exactly have I earned? A few extra pounds? An enormous amount of guilt? A breakout?
What I mean is that if you’re eating junk food to block your problems or to make you feel better, once the food is gone… your problems will still exist. Along with your problems, you’ll probably wake up feeling guilty that you ate all that food the day before. You might get a huge breakout, or you might feel a bit more bloated than usual. So, by eating junk food as a scapegoat to your problems, you’ve simply added more issues to yourself.
People don’t believe me when I say that eating healthy can solve almost anything, but I swear to you it’s true. If you don’t believe me, go over a quick scenario in your head…
Let’s say that you’ve been eating you veggies and your protein, drinking water and staying away from alcohol. However, your friend Susie has been eating McDonald’s, drinking sodas and having several drinks with a couple of friends. You and Susie decide to meet up and wear the same outfit. When Susie shows up she looks extremely tired. Her face is breaking out, she has several bags under her eyes, she’s gained some weight and is complaining about the way she feels. You, on the other hand, have mostly clear skin, lost some weight and are optimistic about life. Why is there such a big difference between the two of you?
Now, I’m not saying that eating healthy will give you an instant six-pack and a wonderful life. What I am saying is that eating healthy has a domino effect. For example, when you eat healthy, your body responds to the nutrients your feeding it by giving you clear and hydrated skin. By looking good, you feel confident and optimistic. By being optimistic, you might engage in more activities and start losing weight… and so on.
You see, our bodies were meant to eat whatever mother nature gave us. They were not designed to eat artificial food that has little – if any – nutrients and minerals. Our body knows the difference between the two, so why don’t you? Yes, that bag of chips might taste great AT THE MOMENT but it’s doing nothing for you in the long run. Since when did people decide that food was more of a substitute to life’s problems instead of being fuel for their body? Do you know how ridiculous it sounds to try to solve our issues with food?
Stop trying to overcompensate life’s struggles with food, because you’ll end up creating more issues for yourself in the long run. Instead, try dealing with certain obstacles head on, or try seeking another outlet to cope with your every day troubles.
Go for a run.
Listen to music.
Hang out with your family.
I don’t know what you’re into, so try looking for something that can help you without harming you in the long run. Remember, we function like a car does…food is meant to fuel our bodies, just like gas is meant to make our car run. If you want to solve your issues, seek a friend or an activity not a Big Mac.