Week 9: Stress Eating: The Whys and Wherefores
Welcome to week 9 of the MFRW Blog hop. IT’s ironic that this is the topic for the week. I have a lot of opinions about this. You might want to buckle up!
I have had a lifetime of bad eating habits, stress eating, overeating, junk food – you name it. I hate to keep throwing the big C card out there, but, here I go again. Before cancer, I never took care of myself. Who cared if I ate wrong? Who cared if I self-medicated with food? Seriously, I knew I ate poorly. I knew I ate too much and too much of the wrong foods. I was stuck in the cycle: emotional eating/ fasting/ scarfing down whatever/ fasting/ binging/ emotional eating.
Everything in life was handled with food from as early as I can remember.
Oh you had a bad day? I’ll make you a cake.
You got all A’s? I’ll make a cake, we should celebrate.
It’s your birthday? Let’s have cake.
You lied to me? NO cake for you.
That’s a bit simplified, but essentially that’s how it was. My mother was an excellent baker. Breads, pies, cakes – Mom’s tasted better than any bakery near us. However, I was not a fan of her regular cooking. In a way, that helped me later on, because I learned to cook for myself and my family.
I developed a sweet tooth early on. In the past, my stress eating was sweets. I have eaten a whole pan of brownies before. Not proud of it, but there it is.
Today, I’d give my right arm for a decent sugar-free brownie – LOL
However, since I can no longer have sugar, and my cravings for sugar have subsided quite a while ago, . . . my stress eating is more along the snack crackers and chips variety. Keep in mind, I can’t eat many processed foods so most chips are off the menu. I have found a few that I can have.
Sun Chips, Veggie Chips, Sweet potato chips. wheat thins and triscuits.
At the end of January and part way through February I was waiting to hear the results of a biopsy as to whether or not I had a recurrence of cancer. It came back benign by the way thank God! For two weeks I stress ate oranges like they were going out of style. I consumed 3 bags of oyster crackers alone. I ate an entire bag of sun chips in 2 days. OH, I disguised the need for so many crackers with creamy soups but I ate the rest like they were chips.
I felt miserable. I was stuffed. I gained back 6 pounds in a matter of weeks. I knew I had to stop, but the stress and fear had a firm grip on me at the time.
The day I got the results, I can not even begin to tell you the relief that flooded over me. I threw out the partial boxes of crackers, the remaining dregs of chips and vowed to get back on my healthy eating plan. I had to face my dietician with these facts as well.
She was like, What happened? She got the entire detailed story.
It just so happened that the next day, I saw a challenge in a Facebook group and figured – why not!
It was a challenge to drink a green smoothie every day.
I have read about and heard a lot of talk about green smoothies but they are rather off-putting. You want me to drink spinach? You’ve got to be kidding me.
I had alread given away all of the clothes that are too large for me. I don’t want them around “in case” I gain weight. NOPE NOPE NOPE
I was bloated, frustrated with myself and at rock bottom. Fine – I’ll do it. Thinking as I am going into this, I deserved to be punished.
Wow! Let me tell you how wrong I was! I tried a couple different variations of the green smoothie, some I liked a couple not so much. Kale is of the devil!
Green Smoothie 1:
3/4 cup fresh spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
3/4cup frozen mango
6 ice cubes and 1 cup water
Green smoothie 2:
3/4 cup combination spinach and kale
1 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 mixed berries
1 cup cold water
Green smoothie 3:
3/4 cup spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
frozen mixed fruit ( mango pineapple peach and strawberry)
I lost six pounds and I feel more energy. Even better, I haven’t been sick for two weeks. That is a record since I began taking cancer meds.
So, even though I was able to put a halt to the stress eating, I reverted right back to those nasty old habits, proving that old habits are hard to kill and when they are replaced, they still die a slow painful death.
What do you stress eat? Do you stress eat? What do you do to NOT stress eat?
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Write on my friends, write on!