This weekend I had a couple of overeating episodes directly related to some angst in my personal life. I’ve written about this in the past — its nothing knew. Its simply an unfortunate coping mechanism that I’ve used; eating to ‘cure’ my upset. The cause can be almost anything: an argument with my spouse, a run-in with a surly store clerk, someone cutting me off in traffic, etc.
Last night, as I was preparing for bed, I had eaten so much that I felt (as my friend Trina would say) ‘like a pufferfish on crack.’ It might have been veggies and fruits, but too much was too much and I was feeling it! And ironically enough, although my underlying intention in overeating was to make myself ‘feel better’, the actual result was that I was crabby, irritable, and uncomfortable.
When I got up this morning and took a reading on the information machine, it was clear to me that I needed to break with this state of affairs. But how?
The thought came to my mind … ‘how do I feel physically and mentally when I’ve been eating JUST the right amount?’ What’s my state of mind? How to my clothes feel? What does it feel like to walk around or take the stairs?
So for today, my goal has been to eat peacefully, and specifically in a way that leaves me feeling mentally and physically improved. I’m still suffering a few effects of the weekend, but having a lighter breakfast, a lighter lunch and a lighter afternoon snack have all helped me get through the day on a more pleasant note.
In fact, it occurs to me that when I ‘eat lean’ I tend to be more at ease, more alert, and more fun to be around. That is, to get the results that I really and truly want, the answer is not to stuff myself sick (as I have so often done in the past) but rather to lay off the sugary and/or high-volume foods altogether.
Let’s see how this works! Its never a simple matter for me to step off of the feeding-frenzy treadmill, but I’m gonna give it my best shot. No matter what, I’ll keep you posted.