Emotional Eating

I had yesterday off to go to a doctor appointment with Tony.  He couldn’t eat anything the day before or yesterday morning and we had to leave the house by 7.  I packed a sliced pear and granola bar.  4 PointsPlus.

We were both hungry for lunch and decided on Jimmy John’s.  I usually get the Vito, but decided on the Tom Turkey, no mayo, but added cucumbers and hot peppers.  I was only going to eat half the sandwich and half the chips.  Guess what?  I ate it all for 13 PointsPlus.

So we are waiting for some test results, which I won’t go into detail here.  In the afternoon I had to go pick up my contacts at my eye doctor, and of course I went during the hour they were closed for a lunch break.  So I went to the library, still had time to kill and stopped at the store to pick up some Karo syrup to make some brittle for my parents in law.

I was walking by the bakery and thought “I’ll get Tony a donut!”  Put it in my bag and got in the car, and still had 10 minutes to wait until the eye doctor office opened.  Guess what I did?  I ate the donut.  7 points, and I ate it without really thinking about what the hell I was doing.

I used to be an emotional eater way back when, and thought I had over come that a long time ago.  But it didn’t stop there, I came back home, and while I was watching Biggest Loser on the DVR I got a bag of Chex Mix my brother gave us for Christmas and just mindlessly ate.   I finally just threw the bag out – (sorry Charlie)!

So I got busy in the kitchen and made the brittle for my parents in law – my MIL had seen it on the blog and I wanted to send her some.  This batch had craisins, peanuts and pistachios.  Brittle is so easy to make, it just takes forever for the sugar to come up to temperature – it took nearly 30 minutes.

I love this brittle because its not too hard

You can find the recipe here.

I had chicken parmesan on the menu, and seriously wasn’t even hungry, but I ate it.  I found these rice noodles on sale – we actually loved them – they have a nice al dente bite to them – 1 cup is 5 PointsPlus.  With my 4 ounce chicken and pasta sauce, dinner comes in at 15 PointsPlus.

So all told, with my red wine after dinner, I ended up eating 51 points yesterday.  But you know what?  I am okay with that today.  In the past that would have given me the green light to continue to eat shit for weeks at a time before I woke up from my food coma.  But today is another day.  I have my food planned out.  I have my water bottle packed and my gym clothes packed.  And I still haven’t gone over my weekly points – I still have 5 left and 12 activity points remaining for the week.

Do you notice when you are emotionally eating?  Do you catch yourself or just give in?

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 51 PointsPlus
  • no exercise – rest day

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38 thoughts on “Emotional Eating

  1. I do notice, but it’s hard for me not to give in to my cravings. I’ve gotten a bit better about not feeling so guilty over it, and trying to move on, but sometimes it’s still pretty hard.

  2. it happens to everyone from time to time…what is important is what you said, to just get right back on track. I have said this before, and will say it again, it isn’t the occasional slips and splurges that got us to where we are, but the fact we couldn’t control it soon enough after it happened and let it lapse into days even weeks of mindless eating … 🙂

  3. It happens to the best of us, but you know what? You are looking at the bright side of things and really, it’s just one day of emotional eating, not 12 days. Keep up all the good work you’re doing-you constantly inspire me with your workout routines and your healthy eating.

    I am such an emotional eater, and once I recognize it, I get back on the wagon. Usually I realize it at the end of the day, but like you, I’m okay with it if it happens every once in awhile.

  4. It’s like a Jedi mind trick when you get finished eating something and then you’re like “What the heck just happened?” I have totally thrown bags of stuff away that I find myself mindlessly eating. You’re right though, in the past, it was so easy just to say “screw it” and just start eating again without thinking. It’s like you are weak one day and stupidly think that you will continue to be weak. So glad you are going to get over that mindset! “Use the force Biz, use the force!” Today will be an awesome day!

    I’ve lost 18 lbs. since December 1st and I had a couple of cruddy days but I am SO not letting that stop me! 🙂

    By the way, that brittle is killing me! Gosh that looks good!

  5. I tend to fall for emotional eating, but it’s not that bad for me if it is only sometimes. I used to depend on food all the time for comfort, and in a way I still do, but it’s not a lifesaver anymore. It’s simply “meals I enjoy” – 3 per day, plus two or three snacks (mainly fruit). Sometimes when I feel really down I may allow myself to crawl into bed with a chocolate bar or (more often) a bag of crisps, but these days that happens less than 1x/month, as opposed to “every weekend” in the past.

  6. I’m a total emotional eater. You just have to remember that one “oops” doesn’t have to equal a day of “oops”. Sometimes it’s nice to live on the edge though!

  7. I hope all of the test results come back okay….thinking of you guys, Biz!

    I know emotional eating is something I have struggled with for a long, long time. I find myself doing it the most, not when I’m sad or feeling down, but when I’m anxious about something. Sometimes I can’t even directly pinpoint what it is I’m anxious about! It’s just an overall feeling of anxiety. It helps for me to realize we are only human, we ALL have days like that, and the key is NOT to beat yourself up about it, but to get right back on the proverbial horse the next day. 🙂

  8. I’ve done that too many times than I’d care to even talk about. I supposed successful folks are the ones who are able to completely set it aside and just move on with their usual plan. Sometimes I’m very good at that, other times, not so much. Honestly? I’d rather have the type of emotions that are so intense I don’t feel like eating at all.

  9. Good for you for not just continuing to eat for days… I know sometimes it feels like “oh well, I messed up, what is another day going to matter.” I get caught up in that, too, but good for you for nipping it in the bud!

  10. Oh, Biz………the story of my life. Emotional eating is my vice. I still struggle with it. Good for you for realizing today is a new day and you’re prepared. Have a great Thursday!

  11. Emotional eating? Hello, did you see the candy prescription I gave myself on Saturday? LOL. But seriously, like you, the difference is that it was one day, not a continuum. And that, for both of us is progress. Hugs to you and Tony.

  12. I can so relate to your story Biz. I too am an emotional eater. I applaud you for counting the points, recognizing what happened and moving on!

    I have become acutely aware of my emotional eating, most of the time I can keep it in check but once in awhile it does sneak up on me and I engage in emotional eating. Those old coping skills of reaching for food come right back in the face of great stress.

  13. Thinking of you and Tony and praying that all is well.

    I still have great trouble with emotional eating. I am more conscious of it now so it’s better, but I still have a lot to work on. Unfortunately, I’m an emotional lady! Good for you for not continue rolling into the eating pit!

  14. Emotional eating has been my way to deal with a lot of things in my life, Biz! We all have those times when food is the only answer we want at the moment. I am so, so proud of you for throwing away the Chex Mix, regrouping and getting back in the game. Yesterday was just a blip on the radar screen! Glad you were able to not dwell on it and move on!
    Hope all is okay with Tony. Sending prayers your way.

  15. What kind of pasta sauce did you use? Because it looks delicious and kind of chunky.
    With regards to emotional eating . . . I definitely eat when I’m feeling lonely. Thankfully that doesn’t happen often, but when my husband is out of town it really does make me feel better.

  16. I hope the test results come out just the way you hope. All good!

    I’m a sucker for peanut brittle so it’s not allowed into my house. 🙂

    Emotional eating. hmmm….when I’m sad or stressed I can’t eat anything. When I get sick and tired of trying to lose weight I tend to munch. I guess that qualifies as emotional eating.

    At least you can always get more activity points by working hard. Exercise=food. 🙂

  17. Sorry for your bad day of eating, but your blog is true to life. The important part is today is another day. Hope things go well with the test for your hubby.

  18. {hugs}

    I eat from stress sometimes. That is the biggest problem with emotional eating I have. I will sometimes just let myself eat because I know it is just temporary and I will be back on track.

  19. Hope all the tests come back good 🙂
    If it’s only one day and you are in control again you are doing awesome – pat yourself on the back !!

  20. Hope everything is OK with Tony and that all of the tests results were good! I think we all have days like this. But you are so right- just make corrections and get back on the horse! Josh and I have been cooking rice pasta lately as well. Its a nice switch up. And the brittle looks fabulous

  21. Love that you’re just getting right back on track!

    Hope everything is okay – you have my email if you need anything 🙂

  22. hey no worries, that’s why we get extra weekly points right. you’re doing great!

    love the brittle!

  23. I’m so happy that you got right back on track after an off day… that can be so hard to do (trust me, I know… I used to eat junk for a week after an ‘off day’ because I figured the damage was done…silly!)

    Oh, and that brittle is beautiful!

  24. Hold it, hold it! I understand it was an emotional morning but WTF, Where the hell is my doughnut??

  25. Love the hubby/wife dialogue!=D I’m definitely an emotional eater, even when I don’t know what the emotions are. They’re well stuffed, and yet I still do emote… go figure.

    Sending the most positive vibes into the universe for good test results.

    I am totally impressed and inspired that you counted the points for the day. And you know what? You’ll still have a good week. Those weekly points come in handy. Hugs –

  26. I tagged you in a Stylish Blog Award!

  27. Oh, Biz! I’m sorry that you are going through a stressful time right now–I hope the test results are good. I know you don’t want to talk about that, so I will just keep you and Tony in prayer. I totally understand the emotional eating thing. I thought I’d overcome it as well but then I did it for two weeks straight after the new year. Depression and stress and anxiety had me eating everything in sight and while I knew I was doing it, I didn’t have the will to quit. You did good by not continuing on the overeating train and getting off when you did. I know it is easy to lose all control.

  28. I used to have issues with emotional eating, and it still “gets” me from time to time. Glad you were able to move on. I think that’s the key!!! Great job!

    The brittle looks amazing! Lucky in-laws! 🙂

  29. OH one day won’t kill ya! I think everyone needs a rest/eat whatever day to stay sane!! 🙂

  30. I completely love what you say about giving yourself a day to eat without feeling like you are completely off the wagon! I am guilty of that oh-well mentality whenever I have a bad day, and need to remember to follow your healthy attitude.

  31. Johnny usually gets the Vito too, but he looked it up online and it’s their most caloric and fatty option! Eep! I always get the roast beef, add cucumber, no tomato. 😛 I love Jimmy Johns!! So funny how they can take a simple sandwich and make it taste so damn good!

    Sorry to hear about the emotional eating, but I’m glad you resolved it with yourself. I think for me that’s the hardest part about making bad diet decisions – the mental ass kicking I give myself. It’s worse than any few extra calories I ate.

    I hope Tony is ok, you guys will be in my thoughts and prayers!

    And I agree – brittle is delicious, but it is a bitch to make standing over a hot stove waiting for sugar to come up to temp!

  32. No one eats just half of a JJ’s sandwich! And doughnuts, well…those are my #1 weakness. Mark buys them all the time and I try and justify that 8 TINY pieces don’t add up to 3/4th of the dang doughnut. Wrong 😦

    You’re doing great Biz! I love that we’re both doing the new PP program! It helps to read from others with the same goals!

  33. I hope Tony is okay! My best wishes to you all in the name of good health! Good for you for getting back on track–although I’m sure Tony is wondering where his donut went 🙂

  34. LOL about Tony’s donut and his WTF comment 😀
    Thinking of you both

  35. I’m very much an emotional eater! I hope things are okay with your hubs.

  36. So much of what you wrote I do as well! Even when I’m eating “healthy”. I realized a few weeks ago I was emotionally eating and it didn’t matter much as I still continued on. Today was the last day of my eating junk food(hopefully) so it won’t necessarily help with my emotional eating right away but it will reduce the calorie count 🙂 One thing at a time is my thinking.

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