A strange thing happened on the way to the cupboard…seriously.
I wrote the below commentary at BodyRockTv in response to a post in which a fellow BodyRocker had written about emotional eating. I can’t say I’ve ever really been an emotional eater, I’ve been a big eater of the non-stop variety (just ask my friends), but the following is what came to mind.
Once I started to not only regimentally analyze what I chose to eat, but actually started to assess how those food choices made me feel, physically – in my gut and energy-wise, that’s when things really started to change for me.
“We are living in a very strange time, a time in which people who are overweight or obese can be (and most likely are) malnourished. Yet how can it be that a person who eats an inordinate volume of food can show signs of malnourishment? After all, isn’t food synonymous with nourishment?…” http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/more-food-doesnt-necessarily-mean-more-nutrition/
I found a new brand of chips made with lentils and adzuki beans (no potato), I thought awesome, looks totally healthy – I’ll give them a try. Got home, ate the whole bag. Felt terrible. Next day went back to the store in search of the same chips. Bought two. Got home, ate one bag…COULD NOT STOP, then opened the second bag and only stopped half way because my husband showed up and with a worried look on his face asked, “are you going to eat that entire bag?” (not knowing I had already polished off the first!).
Since then I’ve noticed that when I eat the foods on my avoid list this kind of nutty, obsessive eating pattern takes over me. And it truly feels, as the article writes that my body is not absorbing any usable nutrients, so I just overeat in a manic way to fill up. It is very strange indeed. It makes me wonder if there is a place for the possibility of this empty nutrient theory for those who THINK they are overeating as a result of emotions. Could very well be that the food choices are simply not doing what the food is supposed to be doing in the first place which causes this vicious cycle?
I just had to add this in…If you have read My Log you will have noticed that I like to have a square or two of good quality-high-cocoa-count chocolate, often daily! Long story short, I came across another brand made from acceptable ingredients (according to my needs). I devoured the first square. A-MA-ZING chocolate. I was ready to post about it – tell the world- you have got to try this – kind of post. But then I went back to the cupboard and devoured a second and third piece. That crazy eating feeling was coming back – I COULD NOT STOP. Within a few hours the bar was gone! That bar should have lasted a week had I only had two squares each day. This was not a case of will power or emotional eating. Whatever was going on in that chocolate had triggered something in me and I had lost any sense of sanity…really. So, of course after a few days I hunted down the chocolate bar again. Bought two. Maybe it was a fluke – I might have been pre-menstrual. Surely I could control myself this time around. BOTH were gone within two days. I decided I would never buy that bar again. I’ve gone back to my previous chocolate which doesn’t make me crazy, but satisfies me…of which I can walk away – we have a good relationship.