Emotional Eating

COMING DOWN THE OFF RAMP OF A STRESSFUL EVENT

We have all been there. You know, heading into the storm of one of life’s stressors. The kind where you can’t see through to the other side and you know you are going to get tossed around like a rag doll in the dryer till life decides you give you up and spit you out. A life event. A stressor.

Sometimes we emotionally eat due to boredom. Sometime due to loneliness. Sometimes due to stress. There are all kinds of reasons. What really trips me up though is coming down off a stressful event. I can function well during the actual catastrophe, but, once on the other side of it my defenses fall prematurely. Then I fall into a period of relief from whatever stressor it was, predictably binge eat on my favorite comfort foods, and then have to recover from that behavior and steady and upright myself again. It’s predictable for me and taken me years to identify the pattern. I have not yet gotten on top of it though and it’s a repeated trap for me. I think I get so focused on control while going through a stressful event that I am never quite ready for it to be over. It’s like swimming the backstroke in a pool and then bumping your head on the concrete edge of the pool because you did not see it coming.

I can’t help but wonder how we will all do when we get to the end of the 2020 Elections and then hopefully COVID. Or, will it be such a gradual wind down with problematic ballots and COVID vaccine issues that we will just ease into a state of resolution. Will my stress build and then decline and trip me up again? Can I manage to put a new behavior into practice to ease me back into my new normal without missing a beat? Who knows? But I do know that I will come out on the other side of this one way or another. We all will.

I want to pass along 2 of my favorite low cal sweet treats that you can use this fall to treat yourself. They are kind of comfort foody. Modify as you would like!

Sauteed Apple Treat: Just like the name implies, sautee a few of your favorite cored and sliced apples in some butter flavored cooking spray until soft. Spritz with a little spray butter while sauteing. Remove from heat and sprinkle with a little cinnamon and sweetener of your choice. Place Fiber One Bar (lemon or cinnamon or birthday cake flavor) on plate. Top with sauteed apples and spritz with fat free Ready Whip!

Cheater Banana Split: Slice a banana lengthwise and place on plate. Spread peanut butter or PB2 on the bananas if you like. You can even add in a low cal frozen fudge bar here too if you want. Then, drizzle with sugar free Hershey’s Syrup and top with fat free Ready Whip. (It’s the Ready Whip in the blue bottle.) Again, yum.

That’s it for me for today. Have a most awesome end of the week and thanks for reading! Stay centered and keep taking it to the next level!

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