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‘NOLA Girl Gone Green’ Nicolette Colly: I’m an emotional eater. Are you?

Written by  Nicolette Colly
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and soon to be health coach. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
Emotional eaters tend to opt for high-carbohydrate, high calorie foods with little to no nutritional value in response to stress, boredom, or any other emotional turmoil. The end goal is to find comfort and mask overwhelming feelings in a sea of cheese fries with a side of garlic parmesan chicken wings! Sweet serenity!
 
I don't speak as an expert; I speak as someone who battles with and most often conquers emotional eating. My daily routine used to involve choosing foods that contained lots of cheese, gravy, pasta, or meat. All I could think about was what I would eat for lunch and which restaurant I would visit for dinner.

When you're an emotional eater, you make your choices on impulse, in hopes that it will soothe your sadness, boredom, or loneliness. It didn't matter to me that I was lactose intolerant, that sugar was causing migraines, or that meat made me feel sick. The 20 - 30 minutes of eating whatever I wanted was worth the hours or days of stomach pain and headaches. I wanted the pain and depression to go away, even if it was temporary.
 
Before I knew what emotional eating was, my eating habits were just a way of life. Putting too much food on my plate, eating until I physically hurt, and late-night binges were my normal. I seriously thought that being in a difficult relationship, going to a job I hated, and feeling crappy were the way things go once you reach adulthood. I say that in the most serious way possible. I really didn't know that you could choose what your life and health look like.
 
Ask yourself: Am I always hungry, but never can decide what I want to eat? Do I then just pick anything out of frustration (usually something unhealthy and full of empty calories)? Do I eat when I'm bored, lonely, sad, or depressed? Do I feel the same or worse after I eat these not so good for me foods?
 
It wasn't until I experienced some hardships financially, spiritually, and emotionally that I tuned into what the real issues were and conquered emotional eating. This definitely doesn't mean that I never experience emotional eating. It means that I've learned my triggers, I prepare ahead of time, and I prevent most opportunities for uncontrolled eating.
 
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Last modified on Sunday, 08 November 2015
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