A few years back, I showed my now pre teen daughter ,photos of myself while at the university.
She could not believe it was me.
To be honest she laughed until she cried.
And still did not believe it was me.
I had to take a look at that photo again to confirm that indeed it was me in all my chubby glory.
I was so round ,bouncing off a wall if inadvertently someone knocked me against one would have been pretty easy.
Looking at that picture now,I almost doubt that it is me ,struggling with my weight and pretending I was fine with it.
For every 10 women you meet 9 are struggling with some weight issue.It is never evident at first glance, but we are all as women struggling with something and it manifests itself through the food we indulge in or deny ourselves.
My fluctuating weight was evidence of the emotional turmoil I was going through on the inside.
I was an emotional eater.Most women are emotional eaters.
We eat and drink when we are happy,unhappy and when we are really really happy with life,we do not even feel hungry.We just feed of our emotional high (like when we are in love) to keep on going and when the high goes,we can really eat .
My go to foods were chocolate,ice cream or anything deep fried
at the drop of a hat which in a heartbeat were my pick me ups whenever I was going through some emotional upheaval.
It could be a breakup you are going through,stress at work or just the feeling that you are stuck in some area of your life,it does not matter what it is but your body tells you there is something wrong and the only way to “fix “it is get something in your mouth or so we think.
I know I did that several times, taking comfort in food,much easier and tastes really good at the time.
These experiences taught me something about food,the struggle with weight and wellness.
That sometimes the battle you are fighting is not what people see on the outside,it is what is going on from the inside that will determine what eventually lands on your plate.
No matter how many diets you go through,how much you read about the benefits of healthy eating,nothing will start working until you fix what is not right from the inside.
The journey to a healthier life starts from the inside and even when you do not feel like it,eat the apple,take the salads,drink more water,cut back on the unhealthy foods and replace them with more fresh vegetables and fruits and magic starts to happen.
It takes some getting used to,remembering that the body you have is the only one you will ever have to take you through life as well as achieve your dreams helps some.
Take care of it.
Have you ever struggled with weight and would you call yourself an emotional eater,what helped you get back on your journey to living healthier?I would love to hear from you.