Between social media and fitness magazines I’m surprised more people don’t suffer from depression. These outlets make a “30 day weight loss” transformation seem so easy. And while I understand that dedication equals results, I’m here to tell you it’s not that’s simple when factoring the lifestyles of many . The one thing I don’t see often discussed is emotional eating. So, this week I’m not going to talk about my progress, but rather I want to address a common road block.
When people often think of emotional eating, it’s generally associated with depression and morbid obesity. You can be pleasantly plump, like myself, or severely slim and be depression free all awhile being an emotional eater. This is probably the number two reason, besides the fact that I’m addicted to sugar why Im still having a hard time successfully changing my eating habits.
See I don’t just indulge when I’m having a bad day, sometimes I do it because I’mcelebrating a good one. Listen, I can find any excuse to justify eating some bad shit. I’m learning how to stop. And it’s something a lot of people deal with but don’t openly discuss. We have to find a better alternative to obtaining that comfort. It’s hard because certain foods release endorphins or give you sort of a high and have you feeling all warm inside. And once you get that feeling, well it’s pretty damn hard to resist, especially when you’re having a shitty day. So I get it. However, it’s not getting you or me any closer to that flatter tummy.
What is my strategy?
Stay away from certain restaurants
Leave my wallet when I go out or keep a limited amount of cash
Using exercise as an outlet instead of food
Making healthier food choices
Drink more water
While I’ve been under much less stress in comparison to the months prior to this project, I find myself eating less and less due to bad day and more because I feel the need to reward myself. You know, like “hey Nia you did great today on your run, killed those splits, you should try out that new donut shop.”
So right now I’m just focusing on changing that behavior, and hopefully that will help these abs muscles struggling to poke through my fat. In the meantime, I’m not watching the scale, just focusing on changing these habits that will help me get closer to that goal.
Nia Raquelle is Brooklyn native, currently having a secret love affair with desserts while in a long term relationship with long distance running.
Follow her antics on IG, EatWithNia, SnapChat, GarminConnect – EatWithNia And you can challenge her to a run on the Nike+ app – NiaRaquelle. She might beat you though.
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