How Anthea Embraced Her Emotional Eating

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The one thing I was taught and have learned about stress is that it is inevitable. We all have some form of stress and manage stress in different ways. I remember back in nursing school we learned to categorize stress. Good stress is more of a beneficial stress. Things like anticipation, butterflies in the belly – a euphoric-type stress. Bad stress is stress from things like death, sickness, financial woes, or things of that nature. We learned that some stressors weighed in more than others. Management of stress determines the manner in which stress affects us. Stress can affect us psychologically and in many cases physiologically.

My recent visit to The Dr. Oz Show revealed some astonishing facts about me. Dr. Oz told me 30 percent of my eating was a result of hunger and the need for fuel and 70 percent of my eating was based on my emotions. Imagine how I felt when I heard this. I always prided myself as a more than the average healthy eater. I love fruit and vegetables; I am vegetarian and cognizant of my complex carbohydrates, protein, and fat intake while making sure to switch out juice for water. That’s great, right? Well, I had a little secret. The truth is I had moments when I went on what I call a “sweet retreat.” I love, love, love sugar! Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically fit masked my unhealthy eating choices. When I felt sad, lonely, angry, or when I felt I was not in control of my emotions, I turned to sugar. The problem was the quality of the food, not the quantity. I knew when to stop; I simply did not know how to say no. After the indulgence of that scoop of ice cream, slice of cheesecake, or candy bar, a feeling of guilt came over me and I punished myself by spending extra long hours at the gym or restricting my intake by often going on extreme diets and fasts.

Dr. May and Dr. Oz showed me that sugar would never satisfy me and I was on an unhealthy cycle. They explained there was no need to punish myself. As soon as I identified a stressor was present, I would look for a sugar fix. That sugar fix was temporary but the results were often permanent.

As a health expert and health professional, I was busy diagnosing everyone around me except myself. Identification of the problem was the easy part. Fixing the problem is what I am working on. I have learned that by helping others I cannot forget to help myself. Time has to be carved out for healthy eating to prevent eating on the run. My sugar fix is now satisfied by nature’s sugar through fruit and vegetables, especially in a smoothie. As for stress, I have learned to face it head-on and channel my energy into healthy stress-alleviation activities. I write more, and I have even started doing TRX exercises, which use suspension ropes and your own body weight. I love it.

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I am so thankful and grateful to Dr. May, Dr. Oz, and the Truth Tube. I am becoming a better me so that I can continue to help others not only learning from what I was taught, but also learning from my experiences.

To learn more about my journey, you can visit my website www.nursenoel.com or follow me on Twitter @Nurse_Noel and on Facebook Noel RN.

Embrace your emotional eating! Try Dr. May’s plan to get control of your cravings and find more expert Truth Tube plans here.