Eating our Emotions

*Continuance of “My Story” starting with Blog #1: When your life flashes before your eyes in a flood gate of memories…

Throughout the month of January 2015 I started taking new supplements, and again I got really sick.  I was nauseated and had hot and cold sweats, feeling like I could vomit most of the time.  I had headaches.  I knew the supplements were killing the bad pathogens in my body, and in turn they were setting up a terrain for healing in my gut.  I continued to take the supplements, knowing I was benefiting and healing with their help.  I wasn’t going to stop taking the supplements just because they made me feel worse.

During this time I started to eat more of the foods that aided in promoting continued healing and functioning of my Pancreas, including: Baby Microgreen Sprouts (Kale, Broccoli, Brussels), Strawberries, Asparagus, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherries, Sweet Potato, Dark Leafy Greens (especially Spinach) and Probiotics.

My diet at this time consisted of lots of steamed dark leafy greens (Swiss Chard, Beet Greens, Kale, Collards, Dandelions), steamed or roasted vegetables (Broccoli, Asparagus, Turnips, Rutabaga, Squash, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Beets), grass-fed animal meat (turkey, bacon, chicken, and very little beef), Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Salmon, fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, avocado).  These were all organic whole foods.  My diet was becoming more diversified than what it had once been!

I also drank a LOT of water (1-2 gallons per day) to aid in the detoxification process.  In addition to that, I’d drink Kombucha, Green Tea, Bone Broth, Chlorophyll, Ginger Detox Tea, Lemon water, Coconut Water, and Aloe Vera Juice.

I continued eating good fats and utilized a variety of healing herbs and spices.  Taking my supplements, using food as medicine, and researching more specific ways to help speed up my healing process, I was slowly and subtly progressing in multiple ways. Massage Therapy, Exercise, and Stretching daily all aided in detoxing.


If you’ve been reading my health story, you’ve heard over and over how I say, “Food is Medicine.”  Food IS medicine IF we choose to allow it to be.  What we put into our bodies is OUR choice.  But, it doesn’t just lie on the fork, spoon, or fingers that we let it enter into us.  It lies deeper…

Food can be a really touchy subject with people.  So before we begin, know that I’m NOT judging you or anyone!  Let’s each be open-minded in what I’m about to share, information that I’ve learned through the years.  Agreed?

I’m willing to guess we all know people (and maybe are this way ourselves) that love to eat OR have a love-hate relationship with food, can eat and not gain a pound, can look at food and gain weight, gravitate towards unconscious snacking when watching TV, or just in general enjoy eating comfort foods.  Wait, what are comfort foods? 

Wikipedia states, “Food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.”


Comfort foods sound (and look) pretty “comforting”, huh?  What comfort foods come to mind when you hear “comfort food”?  Apple Pie?  Bread with lots of butter?  A mound of melt-in-your-mouth pancakes with melted butter and warm syrup?  Grandma’s fried chicken?  Steak and potatoes?  A warm chocolatey brownie with a side of ice cream?  A thick crust pizza with extra cheese?  Or how about spaghetti with a thick, rich sauce and chucks of hamburger in it, topped with Parmesan cheese and a side of garlic bread?

Anyone’s mouth salivating yet??  😉 Thought so!  Okay, now that we’ve salivated and swallowed a few times while reading this, let’s take a look at WHAT foods we choose.

I’ll be honest and share mine with you… I love “snack lunches” filled with a variety of foods like raw veggies.

This being shared, now it’s time to ask the question of WHY we gravitate towards THESE comfort foods?  What’s the connection to the food?  Once again I’ll use myself as an example:  Snack Lunches.  When I was growing up I did NOT like to eat big meals.  Truth be told, I still don’t!  Anyways, my brother would be gone to school and I was still too young so it was Mom and I at home.  If Mom asked me what I wanted for lunch, guess what my answer was?  Yes, you’re correct, snack lunch.  It consisted of whatever snack type foods that were in the fridge and cupboard.  Most often they were fresh raw veggies (broccoli, carrots, snow peas, cauliflower, and celery), summer sausage, marble cheese, sometimes with crackers, a portion of fruit (apple, blueberries, or any seasonal berry, orange/clementine, and probably a cookie for desert.  Sounds pretty yummy, eh?

Through the years as I grew up, when asked the same question “What would you like for lunch or supper)”, imagine what my reply always was?  Yes, still the same.

And today it is STILL the same, but it’s changed in a couple ways.  How can that be so? Well, let me share…

  1. I’ve identified the WHY I want to eat snack lunches.  It’s no longer about the emotional connection of eating this desired comfort food.  Yes, I have fond memories of eating snack lunches with my Mom, but that’s not why I eat them now days.
  2. I don’t eat all the same snackie type foods I once did.  I no longer eat any Grains or Dairy products, so my snack lunches look different than they once were.
  3. Truth be told, I’ve always been a snacker.  I’ve never liked big heavy meals.  I’m actually a LOT like one of my grandma’s.  My grandpa had once told my Mom, “Kelly needs to quit snacking and eat regular meals.”  Mom tried encouraging that often enough.  Despite her encouragement, it just didn’t work.

We ALL have emotional connections to comfort foods.  WHY do we eat what we eat? What is the connection?  WHY a specific food?  What memory comes back when we think of that food or eat it?  Why do we grab that same bag of chips or snack mix when turning on the TV?  Again, what is the connection?  What emotion comes with this food? What thoughts?  What memories?

Emotional eating is something that is actually VERY prevalent in our society.  I’m not saying it is either good or bad.  All I’m saying is that we should each be aware of it. Maybe for some people it’s time to stop eating our emotions and start working through them instead?  For other’s, they don’t have interest in asking, “Why do I eat what I eat?”. Maybe we were never aware of something called emotional eating.  Or, maybe a person has wondered why they just can’t pass up a warm chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven, sided with a glass of ice-cold milk.  Maybe it’s because we have an emotional connection that could be addressed so that we don’t have to have them every single time we smell them?  I don’t know your “whys”.  I don’t have the answers for you.  I just seem to ask the questions.  But I know for myself why I eat what I eat… and I’m glad that I do, special thanks to asking myself all of these and so many more emotional eating questions.

It’s everyone’s life and everyone’s choice.  You eat what you eat for specific reasons.  I eat what I eat for many reasons.  Can we change our eating patterns that are not serving us well, to choose foods that are beneficial for our lives and health?  As Hippocrates says, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!”




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