"It is important to use your adult problem-solving mind to re-think past events and assumptions, in order to transform those feelings of helplessness that trigger you to overeat or obsess about food. Once you are committed to putting childhood's traumas into the adult life cycle perspective, every experience becomes a part of the healing process." ~Shrink Yourself
I struggle with this comment from the Shrink Yourself newsletter that was sent to me. My doctor tried to hand the excuse over to me once that it was my Diabetes and the hormone Insulin I have to take every day that made me fat, but he was wrong. It was me!
I took control over my health and what goes into my mouth and lost 52 pounds and have been maintaining it for 2 years in February.
Today, Saturday (1/22/11) I had to work a few hours due to Year-End and a whole bunch of yummy food was brought in for us. You had bean and cheese dip, chips, brownies, rice crispy treats, lunch meat plate, cheese, chili, veggie pizza, fruit pizza, and homemade meatballs you name it. I held out just fine for 2 hours and then I caved and couldn't deal with the temptation anymore. I had to eat something from all of that food! I kept thinking and thinking about it, then talking to others about it, but finally I gave in. I made good choices, I had 6 Ritz crackers and approximately 2 cups of White Chili. Now ask me was it worth it...not really it was good chili, but not worth the additional calories.
According to the Shrink Yourself newsletter that pressure and obsession came from my childhood and I disagree 100% with that statement.
When I was a child I remember I did any chore for a chocolate chip cookie, Oreo or whatever piece of chocolate that was available or I'd sneak food when Mom wasn't looking (remember that Mom?) That had no bearing how my parents raised me, none at all. So, why do people drudge up excuses for why they overeat as adults today? The bottom line is people love to eat and some of us more than others no more no less. Please don't think I'm dismissing the fact of abuse as a child, there is most certainly cases that cause these issues. However, I don't believe that is why Americans are so obese in 2011 today and Diabetes running rampant. We do it because we want too and because its the easy way out. Don't be mislead, eating healthy is hard especially if your coming from being overweight all your life. Toughest thing I've ever done aside from fighting Diabetes.
I think for me I have to accept responsibility for my obsession with food, me no one else is making me eat it. If we can't accept that we control what we put in our mouths, we won't take the healthy approach and lose weight. So, this particular article just jarred something in me that I needed to write about.
How do you feel about this issue of emotional eating? Do you blame something in your past or is it just you?