Some friends told my husband and I recently that they are "emotional eaters." I wasn't sure what that meant at the time, but right this moment, I think I am one too.
My husband called a few hours ago to say that one of the on-call residents left town so he moved up a slot and will be expected to stay overnight until 7 a.m. I felt unprepared. I was expecting him home around 6:30 p.m.
We have not had a night call since he began his specialization in anesthesia this year. I knew they would start eventually, but I guess I just wasn't prepared for this one.
Immediately, I started craving chocolate, sugar, anything packed with taste, regardless of nutritional value. I even went to the store to purchase some "real" chocolate.
For dinner we had barbecue chicken tacos packed with onions, carrots, and spinach. Delicious, but difficult to pack in as I was so stuffed already from a day of non-stop eating. (It's especially hard not to just eat when you are stuck at home - my 3rd child is now suffering from the same flu that I had earlier this week.)
That was half an hour ago. I am still craving chocolate, even though I feel like bursting.
Yikes. I have got to get control - my husband will be on call a lot during residency, heck, he'll be on call for the rest of our lives.
I looked up some ideas on emotional eating and found these on about.com: Exercise, drink water, go for a walk, talk to a friend or support group, listen to your favorite music, drink some tea, try yoga.
I didn't feel so inspired or immediately empowered with this new knowledge. I guess that's the thing about emotional eating: we know we shouldn't be eating because we really are not hungry, but we need to anyway. I guess I need to find something else that meets that "need." Any ideas?