Keto Cure Me’s Kerrie Campbell- Guest post on Emotional Eating and Exercise
here is another guest post from Kerrie Campbell. Last time Kerrie wrote for Keto Cure Me it was about how the ketogenic diet had some highly positive effects on her sons autism, see the post here.
This time Kerrie would like to share her thoughts about how she and others use food as a way to feed emotions.
Kerrie shows us through her personal journey with keto how her life has been improved by exercise as a means to deal with stress and a chronic back injury.
Kerrie Campbell Guest Post
Hello Keto Cure me followers.
I have not written this post based on scientific research, but rather on my own personal experiences. We’ve all seen how scientific research can be loaded to suit the theories of those instigating the research, so this post is purely based on my own personal beliefs and on my experiences regarding what I view as eating for reward.
Although my weight loss continues (slowly), I’ve noticed there are times when I crave carbs and I do give in to these cravings at times when I am highly stressed or feeling down. Yet on other occasions when I’m not particularly stressed or down, I am able to resist the temptation to indulge in unhealthy amounts of carbohydrates.
I’ve thought a lot about this recently and realised that when I am unable to resist the temptation it seems it is more to do with rewarding myself. However, I’ve come to understand that eating carbs (usually bread) during stressful times is not really a reward at all but more of a punishment (or form of self sabotage). I say this because following the ingestion of bread I become lethargic, bloated, uncomfortable, and generally feel unwell. In addition, I always experience headaches associated with sinus problems after I eat bread. I’m not sure of reason for this and perhaps someone can enlighten me?
I’ve reflected on this and looked at other ways individuals “reward” themselves in unhealthy ways. One has to wonder if we are actually trying to reward ourselves or are we attempting to drown out and numb ourselves to the emotions we are feeling at the time? I don’t know the answer to this.
When I look at how other people deal with unpleasant emotions, I see many methods are used. For example, some who enjoy alcohol will use it to drown out their emotions to gain temporarily relief from what they are feeling. It seems to work well for them at the time, but the long-term negative health consequences that come with over consumption of alcohol, is the same as the over ingestion of carbs (including refined sugar), neither of them do you your health any good.
Both are activities that are played out over and over but the self-medication whether it be refined carbs or alcohol whilst temporarily alleviating the symptoms of their plight, is never addressing the underlying cause and the cycle continues. So we end up with obesity and alcoholism.
There are many other methods used by individuals to address underlying causes of addictive behaviours, but most of the established long-term methods are destructive and extremely damaging to our health. They become habits that are exceedingly difficult to break, but can be replaced with more healthy options. Some of these behaviours might be bulimia or anorexia or self harming such as cutting or engaging in risky behaviours.
Forming new habits takes persistence and an internal desire to do so. Quite often it also requires professional assistance.
Many years ago when I was very young, I did not develop internal tools to adequately (or positively) process my emotional reactions to stressful situations. At that time I did not resort to eating sugar but instead I used self-harm to numb emotional pain. It was like releasing the internal turmoil, but it only temporarily relieved what I was feeling at the time and resulted in long-term physical and emotional damage.
I used to hide the scars away so that no one would discover my destructive self-medication method. These days I do not hide the scars, as they are a constant reminder of how I fought and won my battle.
However, I cannot hide my bulging waistline or my thunderous thighs. I may have been able to hide the internal damage I was doing to my organs but serious illness and a shorter life span would eventually catch up with me as I age.
This is why I have embraced the Keto method of healthier living. This is more than just a lifestyle to reduce my waistline, it is a process where I have opportunities to deal with underlying issues and develop other internal tools to live and feel healthier and happier.
Although there are occasional instances where I don’t resist my cravings for bread, I am developing healthier and positive rewards for myself which I’m hoping will form new long-term habits which will support me rather than stall my progress.
These new internal tools include reaching an awareness that when I reward myself with time spent in physical activity, I not only burn extra inches from my body but I also gain a release from my internal demons and emotions.
As an example, I’ve recently joined a gym, which I attend several times a week. This was not a voluntary decision but rather a necessity after I injured my back. Three months off work, in pain all the time and unable to drive or engage in normal daily activity required me to rebuild the back muscles that I damaged.
Although my back injury was not by choice, it turns out that it was a blessing in disguise as I now have a healthy and rewarding method to address my underlying emotional issues as well as opportunities to form healthier habits. I have increased my weight loss and it makes me feel happier, more confident, stronger and more at peace internally.
I do not see my activities at the gym as a chore any more. I see it as a reward because following a gym session, I feel alive, I feel energetic, I feel strong and confident and I see more positive results both physically and mentally. Going to the gym gives me the energy and motivation to engage with my family more.
Exercise decreases the fatigue that the stressors in my life create. It also gives me social interaction with others at the gym who have similar goals and struggles.
Now, when I am at home and those cravings for carbs hit me, I get on the gym ball I recently purchased and not only strengthen my back muscles but also strengthen my internal tools to address the underlying issues that prompt me to eat unhealthy and destructive foods.
Before and after keto pics!
It is all new and I probably will slip up occasionally, but whilst I have the opportunity to use a healthy method to heal my body and my emotions I will embrace it and use it to create new healthy habits that I can already see have so many more “rewards” for me and my family.
Thank you Michelle for introducing me to this journey.
Note from Keto Cure Me Michelle. I think you look gorgeous Kerrie! I love your attitude and your amazing inner strength…keep up the good work!
Kerrie is exceptionally brave for sharing such a personal story. I have seen Kerrie move from a sad place to one where she is empowering herself and others.
Kerrie is fueling her life via a ketogenic diet. She has recently lost a staggering amount of weight and continues to work towards her health and fitness goals.
I am very proud to know and to assist Kerrie on her journey and she is a constant source of inspiration to me when I need a boost…just like we all do at times.
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Michelle, Keto Cure Me.