Recently, I started writing down all the food I eat in my planner. Like, all of it. Did I eat a quinoa chip on the way out of the Whole Foods because there was a free sample? In my planner. That probably seems sort of over the top and Type A, but let me explain.
I’m an emotional eater, and going back to school for winter quarter has been stressful–not bad stressful, necessarily, but I’m taking two math classes. And a German class where we’re reading a legit book. And a history class about racism where we’re assigned between 100 and 150 pages of reading each week. I have a work study job where I just had to help write a grant (??!?!?!?!?!?) and I’m in a student group that teaches a health curriculum to 9th graders in Chicago Public Schools. On top of it all, I’m attempting to do reading for my own enrichment outside of school as well. All of that ends up making me want to eat ALL THE FOOD.
The thing is, it’s not like I stress eat unhealthy food. It’s often just my usual: protein bars, fruit, almond butter, sweet potatoes… but even stuff like that shouldn’t be overeaten. I’m losing touch with my sense of being full until I’m so full I’m nauseous, and I feel like this is a good time to intervene and try to do something about it.
I want very badly to be able to eat intuitively like I have at some points in my life, but right now that’s just not how it’s going. Hopefully at some point soon I’ll be able to stop having to pull out my planner every time I want a snack, but for now, I’m going to stick to logging my meals.