I like to eat. Its one of the reasons I have trouble attaining and keeping my racing weight. For a cyclist, where power-to-ratios are super important, overeating can make or break your diet goals without much effort at all. I enjoy flavorful foods, which can come in healthy meals, but the fatty, chemical filled treats (like the ones you'd find on the gas station roller) are a real weakness. While I've managed to control this unhealthy taste in cuisine I falter most often when I'm tired, bored or stressed. I'm an emotional eater.
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I take comfort in food, especially the unhealthy kind. But life will always be filled with trials, sadness, stress and fatigue. What's a person to do to kick the bad habits of turning to unhealthy calories when faced with stress?
I found this little article from the Mayo Clinic to that's helped me get pointed in the right direction.
However, its my dietitian, Breanne Nalder, who has really got me on the food straight and narrow. Send me a message and I'll hook you up with her contact info.
Emotional eating for me has been a lifelong struggle but with simple stress and food management techniques, the habbits can be kicked for good!