I’ve always been a healthy individual, but after the past year of emotional(binge) eating, I’ve learned my relationship with food had to change.
Binging at night, stuffing my face with empty calories, and low nutrient dense foods. My mood suffered and my weight went up 20lbs.
How I changed my ways:
- First I had to change the way I viewed myself. Instead of focusing on all the stress, I focused on caring about my emotional and physical health. I care about myself so much more, that I don’t want to cause future problems for my body and health.
- I tried to switch things up. I went from eating burgers multiple times a week, to plant based proteins every day.
- My days are filled with different colors. I always make sure I have fruits and vegetables every day, no matter what!
- Even my snacks are filled with colors. I am a huge yogurt fan, so I indulge on non-fat plain Greek yogurt with blueberries or strawberries.
- I choose whole grain breads. In moderation.
- I don’t eat pizza anymore. Pizza was my go to favorite emotional food. But now if I have it, it will be once every three months.
- I stopped eating my meals and snacks at night. My dinner is around 6:30-7. My snack at night will either be a small glass of low-fat, almond, or soy milk or a snack that’s 50 calories or lower.
- The hardest one had to be cutting out wine during the week. I use to have wine once or twice on the week days. No matter how bad I want it, a healthy glass of wine can be over 200 calories. That’s an extra 400-500 calories just during the week. If you drink on the weekend as well, you’re looking at over 1000 calories over your caloric (energy) intake. That’s a lot to think about.
- And finally the most important one. I look at food as my reward. I need to earn my food. I need to keep moving during the day, drink a lot of water, and exercise. Then if I am out and want to indulge on that small treat, I can. I’m learning to view food as an item I need to fuel my body, instead of an over powering thing.
Eat nutrient dense and whole foods:)
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