Eating your feelings

Who here copes with life by eating?
Eating is just very comforting! I love food! As I have gotten older I actually have more appreciation for good food and so I love to enjoy it. There is little more that I enjoy more than going out for a good dinner and drinks with my husband. I do not want to be a person who cannot indulge in the good things in life, including food.
Here’s the problem, though- there has to be balance! I historically will come home from a long day of work and just pick up the first thing I see because I’m tired and starving. And the first thing is usually animal crackers or popcorn or Taco Bell burritos I grabbed on the way home. It’s easy and it’s fast, but then you become trapped in a cycle of just eating junk!
Boredom is my biggest enemy. Because I work a lot when I’m off I just want to veg out with my dogs. And the more I sit around, the more I snack, snack, snack. I will eat till I feel sick, just because it’s there in front of me.
Using an food tracking app has really helped me avoid this pitfall and stop the bad snacking. When I saw how many horrible empty calories I was eating a day, it really triggered the guilt for me and it has helped me get control. And to go along with it I have changed my snacking foods. Berries are my favorite snack to have on hand. They are naturally sugary and a much better alternative to eating processed snack foods. So now the blueberries are the first thing I reach for when I come home.
I still have my emergency stash of nutty bars… but I haven’t had to reach for them lately. But when I do I am not going to beat myself up! I am not perfect! As long as I keep working on it everyday, that’s what matters.

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