Emotions & Food


Thanks for your concern and good wishes about the car accident. I’m okay. I spent another day dealing with insurance.:( Got my rental car (out of pocket for now), got doctor checked my back and neck. I’m fine, just need rest and ice.

Today I want to talk about theΒ relationship between emotions and food.

Q1: How do you related your emotions to food? That’s a often talked topic and most people would conclude that we have a bad relationship.

Q2: How many emotions do we have? Big categories: positive & negative. (list below)

Q3: Is your relationship between emotion and food the same with these two types of emotions?

Michelle and I was talking about my late lost of appetite and she pointed out something that I haven’t thought about before. Maybe it’s because my family is here, I am happy and enjoy more time with them so my focus of attention is not into food. She had the same experience. Usually when we’re alone, we feel deprived from love, care and chatter, so we turn into food. This is consistent with Q1.

Positive emotions (just to mention few): comfort, enthusiasm, hopeful, joyful, relieved, excitement, graceful, peaceful, cheerful, energetic, loved, pleasant, relaxed, etc.

Negative emotions: annoyed, anger, confused, disgusted, frustrated, ignored, isolated, lonely, remorse, scared, anxious, exhausted, fear, impatient, irritated, mad, depressed, guilty, jealous, panic, shame, bored, concerned, envy, pressured, sad, stressed, etc.

We feel each one of them at least once in life, many of them thousands of times. I used to think that I always related negative emotions to food in a bad way, that I turn into food as refuge to hide my true emotion. These last few days, after the accident, I just proved I was wrong. As you can imagine, the stress of dealing with insurance, adjuster, police, get a car, thousands of calls and waiting, made me experience most of the emotions in the negative list. What happened to my appetite and hunger? Shut down! 😦 I think it’s because I have my parents to cheer me up, to take care of me. If that’s the case… then the solution to avoid bad emotions to trigger cravings would be to have positive emotions to surpass bad ones. Is it the magic formula? Of course not! Who doesn’t want to feel good? What I am saying here is that positive emotions are very powerful, a little can overcome big negative emotions.

Okay. Mom’s cooking show time! πŸ˜›

Wednesday dinner

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all with rice

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Thursday breakkie

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Lunch

black chicken soup with black fungus and lettuce
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that’s all for now. Two days wasted 😦 It’s time to get some work done, both research and cooking!!! :mrgreen:

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14 responses to “Emotions & Food

  1. This was an extremely interesting post. I think the reason for your lost appetite sounds like it could be true.
    x

  2. I am so glad to hear that your okay (i was just catching up on old post)
    that is so scary!!

    loving the shrimp πŸ™‚

  3. I’m so sorry about your accident–glad you have your parents there to bring out the positive emotions!

    Everything looks delicious! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh no I missed your last post! I am glad you are okay!! Interesting about emotional eating. I know it plays a huge role in my binging. Every time I am lonely, stressed, ya know… Your dinner looks so good!

  5. glad you are OK coco, and hopefully you are reimbursed for the rental expense. loved the thoughts on emotional eating. i can’t say i am really one set way. when i am nervous about something i tend to eat i think, to occupy myself. like when penelope went missing, i just started crunching on wasabi peas. but when i am sad/upset.. i lose my appetite all together. then sometimes when i am having SO much fun i forget to eat, other times i am having so much fun because i am eating somewhere awesome! so it is just whatever πŸ˜› LOVING that shrimp dish! yum yum, come cook for me!!! xoxoxo happy friday bella!

  6. sue

    i’m relieved to hear your back and neck are okay! thank you for sharing your thoughts on emotional eating…i think what u and michelle talked about makes a lot of sense. i just returned from visiting my parents and i’ve been feeling homesick and turning to food for comfort…i need to go out and DO something positive that makes me happy instead of eating!

  7. First of all, I love all your food pics! They are gorgeous!

    Second, I love the topic of this post. Yes, emotions are so powerful. I especially like that you point out how positive emotions (often brought on by loved ones) can overshadow negative emotions.

    I used to be an emotional eater. I was especially affected by stress and would eat a lot when I was stressed out without being mindful. Over time, I learned to deal with my emotions in other ways than food.

    I hope you’ll have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  8. Michelle makes a very good point. I had not thought about that. Now that I think about it, when I am with my parents I do tend to eat less, I’m not sure why. Change in scenery? Change in life routine?
    I hope your negative emotions start to turn into positive ones soon. Obviously car wrecks are a serious thing, and they are no fun to deal with. Hopefully you are getting things figured out. I’m thinking about you!

  9. I know that when I’m really stressed out or upset, my apetite is gone. I usually tend to eat more if I’m angry or frustrated.

    I love all the food in this post!

  10. Oh my gosh, so sorry to hear that happened 😦 but glad you are ok, so scary. I had a little fender bender a little while ago and it was just such a pain dealing with everything and my car was the only one that was pretty dinged up.
    Funny, when I’m with my family I tend to eat more because I feel relaxed and comfortable and when I get into stressful situations I tend to get an upset tummy and can’t eat.
    Your mom is a wonderful chef πŸ™‚ looks so wonderful. I love all your mushrooms, where do you get them?

  11. Glad to hear you’re ok! Your eats look sooo delish! Esp the beans and that shrimp dish! mmm…

  12. Your mom is a wonderful cook. Great that you have your parents with you to help take your mind all the car accident related problems. I agree… being alone makes is easier to turn to food as a refuge.

  13. I’m so sorry, Coco! I was behind in my reading and just realized you were in a car accident. I am glad that you are OK though. Too bad about your car. But the most important thing is that you are alright. You seem to have a good attitude about it, which is the best thing. Hope you are doing better and that you have a good rest of your weekend.

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