Emotional eating, stress eating or overeating… whatever name you give it, eating when not physically hungry is the cause of weight gain and frustration for many people. It is also very prevalent during the holiday season. It is the #1 reason both men and women join my program.
I read the most interesting article recently about a bra developed by Microsoft with monitors built in to detect mood changes. It captures heart rate and respiration using EKG sensors, an electrodermal activity sensor to detect skin conductance and an accelerometer and gyroscope to detect movement. According to Mary Czerwinski, the cognitive psychologist and senior researcher, it’s mostly women who are emotional eaters and although they did try to fit the device into men’s underwear, but it was too far away from the heart.
First of all,my experience is that men are emotional eaters too. They just dislike that term. They prefer to say they are stress eaters. I don’t get hung up on words. If you frequently eat at times other than when you are physically hungry and/or have difficulty stopping when comfortably full, you are an emotional eater. It’s not a disease, it’s an issue to be addressed. But wearing a bra is yet another external device rather than learning the internal information necessary to change your behavior for good.
What do you think of a bra that can notify you of changing moods? And do you believe it’s mostly a woman’s concern?
I live near a mall and this time of year the traffic gets quite heavy as shoppers take advantage of the sales after Thanksgiving. The traffic is noticeably heavy around 4 o’clock, as people begin getting out of work and head straight to the malls. I am not a lover of shopping, preferring small businesses and online when I can’t get what I need locally, but on rare occasion, I brave the mall for a needed item.
One of the things that I notice is tired shoppers stopping at fast food places to grab quick meals on the run. I won’t name any names, but they are high in fat, sugar and salt. It’s not that this food is “bad” but when we are expending so much energy after a full work day, eating this non-nutritious food is adding to the feeling of exhaustion and overload.
While I get it that our lives are rush, rush rush and fitting in holiday shopping is one more thing on the to-do list, taking care of ourselves becomes even more important now. Fuel up with some high-energy snacks like nuts and fruit before shopping and of course, plenty of water to stay well-hydrated. You will feel better as you run from store to store.
When you have the time to stop and eat, choose wisely so your body can keep going. Rather than that burger and fries, have a big salad with chicken or salmon. If that’s not cutting it, at least have a lean protein (meat or fish) and some veggies. You cannot keep going at such a hectic pace if you don’t put high octane in the tank. Slow down, enjoy the shopping (yes you can) and fuel up that precious body so it keeps functioning all the way through the holidays.
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As you prepare for your Thanksgiving holiday, either traveling to a relative’s house, cooking pies, doing last minute shopping or getting your house ready for guests, take a few minutes to reflect. What are YOU thankful for this year?
We often fuss over the menu of yummy turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and all the other trimmings. Many of my clients worry about overeating with so much delicious food. I reassure them that it’s okay to enjoy the holiday dishes and remind them anything eaten mindfully and savored is perfect.
So when you sit down to the dining room table tomorrow with your crazy Uncle Harry (sorry to all the normal Uncle Harry’s out there), crying babies, fighting siblings, grandmas and grandpas (if you’re lucky enough to still have yours on this earthly plane), what will you be thinking? I will be thinking how incredibly thankful I am that I am still here to enjoy my family. For those of you new to my blog, this past year has been extremely medically challenging for me with 7 hospital admissions, 3 in ICU, a right kidney removal and 12 ER visits. The saga continues but I am blessed with amazing doctors, a very supportive family, a loving husband, a daughter and son who are just incredible and an unwavering belief in my purpose in this earth. Yes, I am grateful… I am especially thankful to ALL of you for continuing to follow me and read my posts. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!
How many times have you read a post about “treating myself to a big glass of wine after cleaning all day” or “digging in to that carton of ice cream after finishing that project”? Rewarding ourselves after a job well done is a good plan. It gives us incentive to continue with more projects and hard work.
Unfortunately, some of us have gotten used to rewarding ourselves with food for many, if not all occasions. Sweets are frequently chosen as rewards. Nice big chocolate chip cookies after scrubbing the floors, frosted brownie after completing that boring report, banana cream pie after visiting your cranky mother-in-law… you get the idea.
Instead of rewarding your accomplishments with food, what could you treat yourself to instead? What would bring you immediate pleasure but not be costly? It really is individual for each person. For some it might be a trinket or some kind of bling; for another it might be getting her nails done or a new hairstyle; for me, it would be a new soy essential oil candle. How will you reward yourself?
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