Friday, January 7, 2011

Take that, emotional eating!

I had such a crazy morning! Lots of stress and anxiety, and though it all worked out okay, I was still feeling pretty frazzled as I drove toward home at almost 10am. All of a sudden, I could feel the pull of Dunkin Donuts... There's one about 2 miles from my home, and I probably visit it more than I should. It was definitely calling to me today! I had some cereal around 7am, so I was starting to get hungry again. A craving hit me, and I knew I HAD TO HAVE a small dunkaccino and a chocolate glazed donut. I could almost taste it, just thinking about it!

Then I thought, "But I've been doing well for the past few days. Maybe I shouldn't go. Maybe I'm just wanting it because I'm feeling stressed..."

That's when the bargaining started. "But you're really hungry!" my other side said. "It's not like you're just eating because you're stressed. You're actually hungry right now! Plus, you're not trying to lose weight right now, just maintain, so one trip to DD isn't going to hurt..."

My "bad" side argued, "Are you really going to feel better if you deny a craving?? You'll go home and eat something else instead, and you'll STILL want it! If you resist, will you really feel that good?"

In the end, I decided to stop at home first to wait for my husband to call to see if my problems got straightened out. In the meantime, I read an email from my sister.

Thank God I did! She saved me!!

In her email, she wrote, "I was in the mood for a good breakfast today, so I made scrambled eggs with diced potatoes and green peppers."

I thought, "Mmm, that sounds good!" I don't eat eggs very often, and I had onion and green pepper in my fridge, too.

So instead of the chocolate fix, I had this:

A scrambled egg with peppers and onions, half an orange and a piece of honey wheat toast.

Instead of 610 calories, 35 grams of fat and 43 grams of sugar, I had 213 calories, 9 grams of fat and 5.5 grams of sugar!

I feel great!! It feels like such a huge success, saying no to a sugar craving and having something healthy (and yummy!) instead! And I won't have the crash from the sugar wearing off!

Take that, emotional eating!! To that side of me that asked if I'd really feel better if I resisted, YES, I DO FEEL BETTER! I had a healthy breakfast, and I'm feeling great about it!

Yay for good choices!!

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