Tackling My Emotional Eating Habits In The Quest For Better Health – #LifeIsWhy

 This post is sponsored by American Heart Association, but all of the opinions and stories are my own.

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“Mommy, how come every time we go to the grocery store we have to stop in the bakery section?” my daughter asked me a few months ago.

I stopped drooling over the chocolate fudge cupcakes and cinnamon rolls long enough for my attention to snap to her. “What?”

“We always stop right here,” she continued. “You must really like sweet stuff.”

Until that point, I didn’t think much of my sweet tooth gone wild. I like cookies and cakes and pies and brownies. Sue me.

“I do like sweet stuff,” I told her as I picked up a six-pack of cupcakes and put it in the cart.

Her words — “why do we always have to stop in the bakery section” —stuck with me for the rest of the day. Until that point, I hadn’t realized I was eating dessert (very good dessert) every night, and it was usually the highlight of my day.

I didn’t think it was a big deal. I don’t smoke; I don’t drink. Surely one, or five, cupcakes wouldn’t kill me, right? I ate brownies the way other women have a glass of red wine after a rough day. It’s a reward, a treat for making it through drop-offs and pick-ups, making dinner, checking homework and nighttime reading.

Truthfully, I am an emotional eater. I let my sweet tooth call the shots when I’ve had a stressful day or am faced with something I’d rather not confront. It is easier to cut yourself a slice of cheesecake than it is to admit your marriage is in trouble, or your career isn’t progressing as fast as you’d like. It’s easier to inhale the calories and stuff them down on top of those negative feelings, so you don’t have to deal with all the ways you feel like you’re failing.

I quickly realized I was setting a poor example for my kids. I want my children to be strong enough to go through life without crutches. I want them to be strong enough to handle what comes at them without diving into the nearest carton of ice cream.

Not only was it setting a bad example, but it was taking its toll physically. In the midst of keeping up with a busy work schedule and producing my first national event, I gained 10 pounds in the blink of an eye. I realized the “fast-ish” metabolism of my 20’s was slowing down, and I’d have to be intentional when it came to making my health a priority.

I’m proud to team up with the American Heart Association for its #LifeIsWhy™ campaign, mobilizing moms to get active and lead their families to better health.

After watching their video campaign, I decided to make a few changes.

First, I had to tackle my emotional eating.

I made three rules:

  1. I only eat dessert on the weekend
  2. Whatever I eat, I only have a single serving
  3. It has to be something I am really, really craving. No more mindless cookie chomping just because it is in the house.

I recommitted to 3-4 days of exercise each week (I feel like a regular at the gym now!), and I’m bundling the kids up to let them play outside in this crisp fall/winter weather. I’ve been saying that having a healthy family is a priority, but I haven’t been treating it like one.

I want to be around for a long time, to hug and kiss my great-grandchildren. That legacy starts with the actions I take today.


Join me by visiting LifeIsWhy.org and sharing YOUR why on social media using the #LifeIsWhy hashtag.


  1. Good luck on your healthy eating plan. I also try to eat a dessert only on a Sunday. So far I have lost 2lb and I am very pleased with this. Just take one day at a time. We will all have a bad day every once in a while. But the effort is worth it. Keep up the good work.

  2. I am very guilty of emotional eating. I do the dessert thing too. It is like a reward. sigh…… I have to find a new reward system.

  3. I no longer have to guess whether or not this is a plague of middle aged women and men. Emotional eating. Why is it so important that we reward ourselves and why is this one of the more common ways? I mean, if we could only see a 5k walk each day or even each week as a reward as fulfilling as chocolate goodies right? My thing is Twix right now. Lots of Twix! And when it is not Twix believe me it is something else just as bad when it comes to weight gain.
    I have tried to rewire myself just as the thousands before me and after me, but it just doesn’t stick. Or truthfully, I don’t allow it too and I give in. I wish I had some wisdom as too how to get past this but because I have yet accomplished it all I can do is say amen to the fact that I sympathize with the issue, and also to the fact that yet another women and mother has sought to bring an end to an eating habit which proves to be unhealthy. Keep us posted and believe me when I say there are so many of us in the same place in which you were. Let’s hope and pray we also end up where you are.

  4. Hii

    I am exceptionally liable of passionate eating. I do the pastry thing as well. It resemble a prize. murmur… … I need to locate another prize framework.


  5. Hii

    Good fortunes on your adhering to a good diet arrangement. I likewise attempt to eat a treat just on a Sunday. So far I have lost 2lb and I am exceptionally satisfied with this. Simply take without rushing too much. We will all have a terrible day from time to time. In any case, the exertion is justified, despite all the trouble. Keep doing awesome.


  6. HI

    I need to be around for quite a while, to embrace and kiss my awesome grandchildren. That legacy begins with the moves I make today


  7. Hii

    Good fortunes on your adhering to a good diet arrangement. I likewise attempt to eat a sweet just on a Sunday. So far I have lost 2lb and I am extremely satisfied with this. Simply take without rushing too much. We will all have an awful day now and again. In any case, the exertion is justified, despite all the trouble. Keep doing awesome.


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