Does anyone here stress eat? *raises hand timidly*
I’ve noticed a pattern in my adult life. When major stressors are thrown my way, I get exhausted. I feel too tired to exercise, so it’s easier not to do it even though I know that it would give me more energy. I feel bad about not exercising, which makes me feel a bit depressed. When I feel tired and depressed, I’d like to sit around. When I just sit around, snacking seems like the natural thing to do.
In July, I was really enjoying the Whole 30 challenge. Then C’s health problems started to snowball and I absent-mindedly finished his chocolate chip granola bar. I knew I blew the challenge, so why bother getting back on track? Then things got worse. Traveling to doctors appointments, hospital stays and more traveling. Fast food, processed snacks that were easy to reach for, not having time to cook healthy meals.
I’m kissing the scale goodbye for a while in an effort to save my self-esteem, but I’m sure I’m back to where I started at the beginning of July. I want to start again. I want to do it right this time, so I can change those patterns and essentially rewire my brain’s relationship with food.
So I decided to take the plunge and purchase, “It Starts with Food,” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig*, the creators of Whole 30. Perhaps if I educate myself on the science behind the addiction to processed food, I might be better armed to fight cravings while my body detoxes itself.
That’s my hope, anyway. I know that following the Whole 30 way of life was helping me to feel better. Now I just need to fight those cravings and habits so that I can create new habits.
How do you eat for optimal health?
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