Diet, Food, Mental Health

Taking a Break

So there are going to be times when you need to take a break.

That time is apparently this week for me.  

I overbooked myself this week, and I have been all over the place.  I’ve had plans nearly every night after work, and have had almost zero time to do anything but eat dinner and get from one place to another.

I took it as a sign from the universe that this was meant to be a time to rest and recuperate.

And I’ll be honest – I didn’t really want to.  I sometimes fall into a bad mental state when I think I can’t eat (even the healthy stuff) as much as I usually do, because I didn’t exercise.  Yeah.  Not a good place to be.

I think this week was supposed to be not only a time that I needed to take a break from exercise, but also time rework and rebuild my mental state when it comes to food.  I go back and forth a lot on my relationship with food.  I LOVE food, and I don’t hesitate to say it.  All the time.  Seriously, just ask my friends.  But this love for food I know can get me into trouble.  I am a stress-eater, so when I need comfort, I end up eating.  When I’m bored, I want to snack.  Heck, when I’m not bored, I want to munch on something.  Granted, I’ve changed my habits to eat healthy foods when I stress eat, but I know it’s not the best way to cope.  As you know, I’m working on my meditation practice too.  But there’s a mental wall up that says “meditation isn’t as satisfying as food!”

Because I know that I can end up overeating, I then pull myself back from food, and turn it into something I shouldn’t have.  It doesn’t help one bit that this week, I’m like a bottomless pit.  I can never seem to satisfy my hunger.  Even though I’m eating the same foods and in the same amounts as I have in the past!

This week, I’ve really taken time to process my thoughts about food, when I’m actually hungry and when I’m just bored.  When I do eat, I am taking the time mentally to appreciate the foods I’m eating, that these foods nourish my body, and are a huge part of this health journey I’m on.  

Slowly but surely, I am coming back around, away from the demonizing of food.  

Like I said, sometimes you need to take a break from one thing to focus more attention on what is equally, if not even more so, important in a journey to healthy living.

How are you guys doing this week?  Feeling the insatiable hunger like me?  How many stress eaters do I have out there?


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