It's Time to Talk About Comfort Eating


This is a post by PumpUp’s DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page 

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Today, I want to talk to you about comfort eating. It is a serious problem that so many people around the world struggle with. I used to have a hard time with comfort eating and would go through so much rubbish food a day.

I had it in my head that if I ate a bar of chocolate, it would make it all better but at the same time I knew that it would make me feel worse! I couldn’t stop it! Throughout the last 10 months of my weight loss journey I came to an understanding that there is ALWAYS an underlying reason for comfort eating. It can be for many reasons but through listening to my followers’ stories and my own, the main reasons that came up were from stress at work, grieving, depression, and the end of a relationship to name  a few.  It is very hard to try and recover from any of those reasons, but at the same time you shouldn’t let them control your life and as a result gain weight, have no interest in your appearance, stop going out, or distance yourself from friends. You should always talk to someone you trust about your feelings.

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I think deep down, when you are eating crisps, chocolate, take-away foods etc., it’s a nostalgic feeling.  It reminds you of when you were younger, when your parents would bring you out for burgers and chips on special occasions or at birthday parties you could eat all the sweets, cake, chocolate you wanted that day. Those were the good times, when you could meet up with your friends, not have a worry in the world and would run around all day playing. The difference between then and now is when you are younger you are always running around the place and keeping active playing sports, walking places with friends and you end up working off all the food you ate. Perhaps, in your case, your parents would only allow you to have treats once in awhile rather than every day. Now we drive most places, we have long days in work/college and literally will eat what ever is the handiest to us, instead of what is healthy and nutritious.

 The reason for my comfort eating was because I was unhappy where I was working at the time and always wanted to be doing something in fitness. But unfortunately my comfort eating had spiralled out of control and had gained 3 stone. There was no way I would do any type of fitness at the time because who would have taken me seriously when I was overweight!

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It’s 10 months later, and I’m a different person.  I have lost 3 stone, I’m studying to be a personal trainer, gym instructor and fitness instructor. I am out of that job and the comfort eating has completely stopped. I started working out and eating healthy and have one treat day in the week. I chose to change and so can you!

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