I am 29 years old.. in my 29 years I can honestly say I have lived the life of a 50 year old. Some experiences in my life were good of course, but I have also gone through a lot of not so good. Every situation that has come my way I have taken and held onto as a learning lesson. The saying “everything happens for a reason” is 100% true.
With these life lessons, comes emotional eating, or emotional non eating. Think about what I just said above. Everything that comes into your life is a test… A test to help you learn. So why do we either shut down and not eat or feel like we can’t stop eating when our emotions are not at bay? Food is a comfort. It can make you feel like everything will be ok. It is a small dose off happiness in that moment. As you taste it, as you chew it, you instantly feel “better.” Don’t let this trick you. This is not the case. It will only make you regret what you just did and make you feel worse. If you do this, it will cause remorse, depression, and shame. Food can be a down hill snowball effect when something bad happens in your life.
If you are like me, you don’t eat when you are having an emotional event take place. You shut down. This can be worse than emotional eating. Your body could either thin out and look unhealthy, or you can gain weight from the lack of calories. Either way, your mood will highly be affected from having no energy. Your lack of sleep and energy will take a toll, and you will feel like the world is crashing down on you simply because you don’t have the energy to deal with it.
I titled this blog “Relationships and Eating” because no relationship is perfect and there will be downfalls in every relationship. Everyone will experience this; it is normal! What we don’t want to do, however, is use food to cope with relationships. However, many of us do. The point I want you to take away from this is that you can overcome it. The first step is recognizing what is happening. Start tracking your food and get back into your “groove.” You are the only person that can pull yourself out of this rut. Also, communicate with your personal trainer. Let them know what is happening so that they can help motivate you as well! Remember, everyone has emotions, but it is important to recognize when you take your emotions out on food!