I’m not hungry, so why am I still eating?
I have been using the Sensa Weight-Loss System for a little over a month now, (I won a 6 month supply at a Twitter party last year). It has definitely curbed my appetite. It’s as if my body has no particular desire for food. Amazing right? Problem is I am still eating! “What?” you say. Well, even though my stomach says, “Hey, no thanks, I’m good.” My mind is saying, “Yeah, but I need that item. I really need it to make me feel better right now!” What’s up with that?!
You’ve probably heard the term emotional eating before. Well, I have too. Though I always thought of it as pertaining to sweets and other things with major sugar. Like having a pint of cookie dough ice cream when your boyfriend breaks up with you, or something like that. And since I am not a big sweets kind of person, I didn’t really think that I fell into that category. But having my appetite taken away with Sensa this past month has been a real eye opener. And what did I see when I opened my eyes? Me, EATING! It seems that I am indeed using food to fill certain voids, whether it be emotional-my heart, or physical-when I am tired. On more than one occasion in the past few weeks I have come to the kitchen in search of something, apparently not to nourish my body, but to soothe my heart. I never really thought much of it before, especially since I wasn’t reaching for ice cream or pie. But emotional eating isn’t about what you are eating, but why you are eating it.
My trigger food is popcorn. Whenever I get stressed out I need to chew. I make a big bowl of air popped popcorn and just go to town. God help my children if they try and reach in my bowl, they cold lose a finger! I have been really stressed lately; however, when I make my usual bowl of Popcorn and sprinkle my Sensa on it, I don’t goto town as usual. In fact, I have a hard time eating all of the popcorn period. My body just doesn’t want it. Great! Problem is my mind and my heart are still unsatisfied.
So it seems that I need to find different ways to placate myself when I am feeling out of sorts. New ways to soothe and comfort my soul. I haven’t figured it out yet, but I am working on it. I am journaling more, sleeping more, and cleaning a lot. Well, not cleaning exactly. More like organizing. I am feeling a need for some order. (Can you say CONTROL!) Amazing what you can uncover when you take away the hunger. You find out what you are really and truly starving for.
I guess I’ll leave the popcorn for my kids.
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