Once upon a time I realized I was (still sometimes) overeating in the evenings out of boredom. Or so I thought. Then along came a fairy godmother who waved her wand and showed me a vision in her crystal ball. (In other words, a great blog friend, Love2EatInPA, shared a post with me that she thought might explain my eating.) This vision was like most fortunes, filled with a mix of words – some of which seemingly hit home while others seemed a bit more nebulous and questionable.
But the vision, the blog post, got me thinking. And wondering. You can find the post here on Christie’s blog, Honoring Health.
The basic premise is that 1) emotional eaters find a stigma attached to that behavior, view it as a weakness, and may therefore avoid admitting it to themselves, and 2) that any “eating outside of hunger is emotional.” Including eating out of boredom.
I wonder what you think about these two ideas.
For me, I see no stigma attached to emotional eating. Yes, I think it is a personal weakness. But it is so commonly experienced and so clearly understood and empathized with that I find it very easy to admit to. However, I honestly feel that I have made great strides in what I had always considered for myself to be emotional eating. Like reaching for food when I was angry or stressed or frustrated.
But, the second point made in the post really got me thinking. Is any eating when one is not hungry emotional eating? I had always considered much of mine to be habit or boredom. But the author clearly goes on to say that feeling bored is an emotion. Which in and of itself, as a matter of semantics, is hard to argue with. Still, I am not sure I consider it emotional eating. So am I deluding myself? And what happens when I take away all the circumstances and triggers (like TV watching) so I no longer overeat. I am not really dealing with any emotions or emotional issues by doing that, rather simply practicing some form of avoidance. So what does that mean for me?
This whole concept really makes me think. If you have been reading for a while, you may remember that I have questioned why I sometimes still overeat. Is it a simple reason like habit or is there some bigger reason behind it that I have yet to figure out. Could it be that I am still an emotional eater but just not recognizing certain cues as emotions? I don’t know. But I am going to try to pay attention more to see what I think.
Meanwhile, I am very curious to hear your thoughts. Any and all.