BLOG: Clark reaches for the sweets

Ellyn Clark
Aug 19, 2010

The week of Aug. 8 has been an emotional and mental roller coaster ride. There are several events that have taken place this past week that would normally have caused me to turn to some sweet comfort foods.

I'm an emotional eater. Which means I eat when I'm happy and I eat when I'm sad or depressed.

Some of the events that have taken place are: My 20-year-old son moved in with my husband and me. I absolutely love having him around, but it has been an adjustment. There are also two people, who shall remain nameless, whom are directly responsible for quite a bit of stress in the lives of my children, as well as myself and my husband. 

Plus, I was involved in a minor fender bender. No one was hurt, but still, any accident on any level is upsetting and stressful.   

I normally deal with stress by eating something sweet or very fattening to comfort myself. For instance, I would consume a bag of Ballreich's potato chips along with some french onion dip, drink several cans of Pepsi and go to the cupboard to see if there are any Twinkies left. What is preventing me from doing that now? My involvement with this competition and the fact I've lost approximately 42 pounds. I don't want to mess with progress. I don't want to go back to my old life.

So how have I been handling all the stress this week? By trying to replace the desire for those comforting sweets with something else. I've gone to the gym, I've gone running. And when I have felt like reaching for some sweet comfort food, I've reached for the frozen red grapes, a couple of tablespoons of all natural peanut butter along with a teaspoon of honey on a whole grain rice pita. 

Eating something sweet always helps me to feel better. But now, instead of eating bad sweets, I eat good sweets. Instead of gorging until my hearts content I limit my consumption. I've begun to realize a little can go a long way. 

And if I do allow myself to get out of control, I figure it's better to eat too much of a good thing rather than too much of a bad thing.

I am now going to go finish eating my frozen grapes, this week aint over yet!