Today I am sad OR how to deal with your emotions when you can’t eat them away

“My health is more important than a bean and cheese burrito.”

“I’m sad but it will pass and I don’t need to eat something to make that happen.”

These are the new messages I’m chanting over and over inside my head, trying to drown out the old, established favorites, like:

“Did someone make you feel bad? Here, have a piece of cheese.”

“I feel like crap. I need Mexican food, stat.”

“I’m not strong enough to handle this by myself, so I’ll turn to my favorite friend, food.”

CHIMICHANGA_burrito
my favorite chimichanga burrito

What I’m learning is that, much like my time on the treadmill each morning is building my physical strength, I need to build my emotional muscles, too. I feel sad and am tired, so I’m having a cup of tea and then I’m going home for a nap before dinner.

Are you one of the lucky ones who never even associates sadness or anger with a binge of epic proportions? If so, can you share: how do you handle feeling sad or angry without using food? 

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