I Get So Emotional…

12 Sep

I have had a fairly busy (busy for me) past 4 to 6 weeks.  I have traveled to or through Illinois, Arkansas, and Missouri.  I have hosted/co-hosted two birthday parties, school started for my husband , and I had family come for a visit.

One of the consistent themes through this hectic time has been how it affects my relationship with food…cravings in particular.

I think we all talk about the correlation between emotions and food, but what about people, places, and things, and how that effects what you want to eat?


The first time I made the connection was on my trip to Arkansas for Tink’s first birthday party.  Road tripping has always meant fast food burgers, sodas, chips and candy.

From the moment we pulled out of our driveway, all comfy in the car for the long trip, I was salivating for some chips or a big greasy hamburger.  I refrained, but dang I wanted junk food badly.

The same was true for my work trip to Chicago.  I wanted junk in the airport and in my hotel room at night.  I remember when my husband and I took a trip to New York a few years back, where we had one carry-on bag that was completely snacks.  We were snackers at home, but not to the degree of our travelling snacking.

I don’t really know why this whole junk food and travelling go hand-and- hand thing started, but I always felt like you needed to be well stocked with food when travelling.  Maybe I was preparing for a Castaway moment minus the ocean?  Who knows!


So, I thought I was safe when all the travels had ceased, but then I was met with back to school time.  This has no effect on us right now considering Tink is 1, except for the fact that my husband is finishing up his doctorate in music this semester and is teaching at the same time.  Overnight, I went from having Mr. Mom to having both of us worn out and not wanting to fix dinner.  We did pretty well considering our old method of coping with busy schedules, which included eating out so much that NOTHING and I mean NOTHING from a restaurant sounded remotely appealing.  We did eat out some, but both made mostly healthy choices.


Then my parents came to visit us this past weekend.  I grew up eating traditional southern food.  You know “The Good Stuff.”  I had never realized how I crave that traditional food when I am around my family until this visit.  I think it is probably a comfort or emotional tie that makes us crave that favorite meal our mom makes that no one else can make just like her.  When you have a mom who is a great cook, that makes for a lot of cravings.

In all of these situations I learned how intertwined food and cravings are with the people, places, and things in our life.

It is hard to break some of these ties that bind us to an unhealthy past, but if we consciously look at why we are craving what we are craving, then we can start to break free from the hold the foods have on us.

Like I said, I was not perfect in any of these scenarios, but I did very well at keeping control and not reverting into past eating behaviors.

It has been said that the greatest obstacles are in your mind.  This is true of exercise and maintaining a healthy relationship with food.  It is all so mental and we have to be on our toes to control which path we are going to let our minds lead us down.

Decide to choose self  control and healthy living this week FitChick followers, and let me know how you get around the emotional and mental road blocks surrounding healthy food choices and exercise?

Stay Strong and Keep Moving,

10 Responses to “I Get So Emotional…”

  1. Melanie September 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    All I can say is I heart you:) You are a true inspiration. I have a wedding to go to this weekend and wedding cake is probably in my top 5 favorite foods to eat and not one but two or three pieces. I am going to try REALLY hard to use “mind over matter. Have a great week

    • chirpybleu September 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

      Awww thanks Melanie. I heart you back! It is so hard to say no sometimes! Enjoy the wedding though and have an awesome week!

  2. amybrewer17 September 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m a new follower and love this blog!! I must say being a southern girl myself going back home to visit family is like traversing a field full of land mines. I prep my family for my visit because they are awesome and support me 100%. They get my protein powder, hide the chips and under no circumstances do they fry foods which are impossible for me to ignore. Removing the temptation right now is how I get around emotional triggers to the food I once loved. We’ve found new versions of old favorites together and hopefully I help them to get a little healthier while I’m home. Keep up the good work!

    • chirpybleu September 20, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks so much for the kind words and for following! I am living by the remove the temptation mantra myself. As long as it is not in my house or in front of me, I am golden. The struggle is a little more tough when I am faced with a choice.

  3. sjvella September 13, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Good job , you managed to stay away from all of the bad food 🙂 proud of you girl xx

  4. Skinny Gal Somewhere September 13, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    I found your blog through a friend. I enjoyed reading through some of your postings. I will be your newest follower. Check my blog out too at: http://www.skinnygalsomewhere.blogspot.com. Good to meet you!

    • chirpybleu September 20, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks for the follow and kind words! I am following you back! Glad to meet you as well!

  5. mom September 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    i love you so much and you done great while we were there and I really tried to not tempt you… you make me want to do better and i know you will do this . im so so so proud of you.

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