We’ve all seen that saying, ‘Food is the most widely abused anxiety drug, and exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.”
Often times, when we encounter stress or we’re having a bad day or everything seems to be against us, we turn to food to make ourselves “feel better”. It’s become known as comfort food. But what are you really making “better” by choosing unhealthy foods? Do you feel less stressed after you ate that chocolate cupcake? Is your day 1000x better because you ate that cheeseburger and fries? Does everything seem to be going in your favor since you ate that donut? Maybe temporarily. But did all of those symptoms STAY gone after the initial feeling of pleasure wore off? I doubt it. So what did you really make better?
If this happens every now and then, it’s not as big of a deal. Unfortunately, people don’t typically do this “every now and then” because if they did we wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic that we have today. Do I eat the occasional donut or cheeseburger or cupcake? Absolutely! But not because I’m trying to cover up any bad feelings. I eat them because once in a while I just WANT them. I don’t NEED them. When you get to the point that you NEED to have the food you KNOW is not good for you, there are deeper issues than one bad day. It’s time to ask yourself what that is.
We all make choices every day. We choose to eat the burger and fries or we choose to eat the salad. The choices we make most often determine if we are naturally medicating our body with healthy, whole food, or we are slowly poisoning it. What choice will you make today?!