Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my Instagram friends. We’ve never met in real life, but I was so impressed with her story when she shared it on IG, I asked to share it with you.
I love that her story includes backtracking without giving up; that she kept trying till she found what worked. And of course, that she’s discovered how great it feels when you eat real food!
Here’s her story in her own words:
Funny saying – serious topic. If you struggle with frequent cravings, check out these posts:
Your four hungers – and why you should stop feeling guilty for every craving
How emotional eating keeps you stuck
Kicking the sugar monster
Since losing more than 30 pounds two years ago, and because I’ve kinda become known as a food guru in my social circles, people often ask me, “So, how do you eat?” I’ve had a hard time answering that. It took me a long time and much trial and error to arrive at what works for me, and even when I found it, I was too close to it to be able to articulate it for others.
But this week it hit me. It’s just this simple five-part formula:
I have been an emotional eater.
Eating to fill loneliness as a friendless teen, eating to calm my nerves as a frazzled stay-at-home-mom, eating to balm my heart when my dad was dying. Yep: I’ve been there.
New York Times journalist Aaron Carroll contributes to a column there called “The New Health Care.” He spends a lot of time sifting through research and news related to health, so people often ask him his best advice on nutrition. He’s boiled it down to seven simple rules, about which he says, “They’re the [guidelines] I support as a pediatrician and a health services researcher. But I acknowledge up front that they may apply only to healthy people without metabolic disorders….”