uncomfortable feelings surfacing
Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM
This week I have been letting go of a lot of my unhealthy comfort food . I had gained a pound and a half last week and thought to myself -right, time to get a bit more serious, going vegan is not enough.
Naturally feelings I normally supress through overeating, or eating unhealthy foods, are coming to the surface.
I am determined to sit with my feelings experience them, recognize them and carry on - so my eating has been quite good this week. My husband and I experienced a great loss last year and this is where a lot of the weight started to pack on for me.
Although this forum is about nutrition, I think this is a very relevant conversation. I think this is how many of us fail at sticking to a healthy way of eating despite the knoweldge we have. For many of us unhealthy foods have an attraction in that they can temporarily numb us or comfort us. The bad feeling remains, but at least we could escape from it for a moment.
I've read that overeating and compulsively eating foods that are bad for us( as opposed to other coping behaviours) is a common coping mechanism for those of us who are suffering emotionally but must carry on, go to work each day, care for others etc.
So for me, adopting this PCRM way of eating is more about my physical health. It's also about learning to not just cope but to take care of myself, really look after myself when life gets tough.
Anyone else finding this- that uncomfortable feelings are coming to the surface as you follow this way of eating?