Day Twenty: Compulsive Eating

I've had some thought about the reasons why people tend to overeat. Often it's when you're around other people and you feel socially inadequate if you limit your intake of food. In other cases, however, it may be when you're alone and you simply can't handle how it feels to be totally lonely and bored. And the food's there in the kitchen. Waiting. For. You. To. Eat. It.

It's annoying and unless you have the will power to stop yourself from reaching for those foods, it's an awful way to gain weight. Especially at night, when you're totally tired out and you're body's a wreck from an entire day of stress, you tend to lose control of yourself, spinning off on tangents and even beginning to wonder whether you trust your judgement. Believe me, it's happened to me before. That's why I feel like compulsive eating is such a nuisance.

I imagine it not as a mental disorder, but as a tiny little gnome resting in the nape of your neck, pulling it towards food. "There's something to eat, go grab it!" it cries. But do you have the strength to say no?

Breakfast: Peanut butter on toast
Lunch: Tuna sandwich and salad
Dinner: Salad, white rice, and perch
Snack: Nutrigrain bar

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