Coping with Sadness and Emotional Eating
Thursday, January 19, 2017
On Monday my husband's cousin died from a rare, rapid and aggressive cancer. We had just three days from the time we learned he was terminal until he was gone. I am sad and I am having some issues with emotional eating. So far I am choosing to acknowledge that is what is happening, to chart everything anyway and to trust that doing so will keep me from getting too far off track. A planned "I'm eating these particular foods because I am sad" meal is different from the mindless way this usually happens to me. I'm counting that as victory.
The morning pages are finally being a helpful thing even though half of me still hates them. It's giving me a place to process my grief and keep a plan in place. Right now every day includes chocolate (my morning breakfast smoothie) and usually some kind of creamy starch (potato salad, sweet potatoes) because they make me feel better. So far thanks to writing everything down and exercising some control over the portions my blood sugar is staying in check and my calories are staying in range and if the ratios of carbs to proteins and fats aren't the best...oh well. Sometimes good enough is just that. Good enough.