I remember the first time I realized I was an emotional eater. I was studying for an exam—completely stressed out. I was able to reason with myself that a Pop Tart would take the edge off. So, freshman me waddled downstairs to the vending machine and cha-ching—sugar-filled, non-nutritious, processed awesomeness.
After a few hours of mind-boggling studying later, I felt completely accomplished.
“Hmmm…” freshman me thought. “I deserve a treat!”
So I waddled downstairs and as I stared at the vending machine, I suddenly realized—was this déjà vu or was I really treating stress and happiness with the same thing?
I was really treating stress and happiness with the same thing. Food. Not good. I was horrified.
Ever since, I’ve been consciously trying to make sure my emotions don’t get the best of me and let me abuse food. Now instead instantly thinking that I should celebrate with an ice cream cone or console myself with chocolate, I look for better outlets like going out with friends or going for a nice walk.
Speaking of which, I was so proud that over the course of the past couple of days with all the engagement excitement, even when appetizers and desserts were offered after our celebratory meal, I stayed strong. (For those who clicked to see my blog about how he proposed yesterday, sorry it took me so long to get it up. It’s officially posted now here).
The Jump Start Diet has been a true Godsend for me, especially with keeping my binge eating under control. The 1,600 calorie allotment spread out all day keeps me full and away from temptation. Mid-afternoon, I get to have a yummy snack of either Popchips or an apple with delicious Sargento string cheese, or a whole list of other options. And dessert? Mm’mmm….the fact that I can still have some chocolate makes my life.
Not only that, but the endorphins I get from my recommended cardio workouts have completely improved how I feel overall. And while I may not get as much sleep as I need, when I do lie down, I fall asleep faster and sleep through the night better.
When I signed up to start this journey, I was hoping the diet would help me regain control over my life. Now, I’m really seeing it happen and take hold.
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with food controlling her life. Join me in taking back control. It can be hard to take that step and learn how to live a happy, healthy life, but it is doable. And if you need help, the Jump Start Diet, the Her Campus bloggers, and I are here for you. Let me know if you sign up. We can make healthy and delicious desserts together.
Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Email me at NikkiRoberti@HerCampus.com or tweet me anytime @Nikki_Roberti.