Think about your eating habits when you are not physically hungry. Do you eat out of boredom? Do you eat to manage stress? What do you think is going on mentally when you reach for food when you aren’t physically hungry.
So much of my relationship with food has had to do with control, both past and present. That includes both restricting and overeating.
When I first started restricting my food intake when I was a teenager, so much of it had to do with wanting to have an element of control over my life. By controlling what I ate, I controlled what my new-to-puberty body looked like and, subsequently, how it was perceived.
When I eat emotionally – whether due to boredom, stress, or tiredness – I also see an element of control: controlling uncomfortable sensations. If I feel stressed, rather than dealing with it head on, I can use food to distract myself. If tired, I can literally swallow the feeling and power through. In all instances, I’m trying to control what I’m dealing with, directly, on a daily basis by either undereating or overeating rather than simply eating and working through the feelings.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.