Category Archives: celebrations

Emotions and Carbs

We have been having a very wet spring and summer in my part of the world, which makes me, and others I know, get a bit grumpy and antsy with the desire to be out and about; especially when you want to be at the YMCA pool as my grandchildren do.

It is no accident that when we feel low, stressed, unhappy, angry, and all such negative emotions, our bodies–the brain specifically–crave carbohydrate foods–sugar, starch, usually  bound together with loads of fat (not always the good fats).

As mentioned before, we are operating from an ancient evolutionary system. In those ancient days our stressors were most likely to be dangerous critters, or famine;  either way food was apt to be the most comforting and necessary adjunct to life. Now we have such concentrated calories that many of us (read older and/or sedentary) could easily live off one serving per day of some foods.

While it won’t always keep us from indulging in foods we have problems with, the knowledge of what is driving the cravings can help in avoiding the worst of the worst.

I was on vacation in Washington, DC this past Independence Day week with grandchildren, and it was crowded, hot, and tempers got short when we couldn’t find the right bus/subway stop and walked a lot more in the heat than we are accustomed. Not surprisingly, there were a few meals where I deliberately made a choice to indulge in something like a light beer, or chocolate ice cream, accounting it as part of my 10% free eating.

Being in charge, rather than eating mindlessly is always the best option. When we eat purposefully, we eat a serving; when we eat mindlessly or with guilt, we eat wildly and far too much, such as sneak-eating a whole bag of sweets.

My most recent goal is to eat only when truly hungry, and to eat with intention anything I do eat. I am still working on this, but it seems to me the best way to function.

Yours in good and bad times,

Nan aka Sugarbaby

Food & the New York City Wedding

We spent four days in NYC for a family wedding. Our combined families meant a lot of big meals to go with sightseeing, rehearsal, get togethers, the wedding reception, etc; plus too much drinking. I had to make this my 10% when my eating is less strict, but worked to keep the fat high to offset any sugars.

The main thing that happens to me now is indigestion, and a great sense of relief to be home and back to my good eating.

On the way home as we drove out of the city, I felt so happy about the happy couple, the two families joining, getting to see many family members that we rarely see, and feeling like I handled the food pretty well with no serious  blips, and no binges. Back home now, and  glad I can avoid indigestion for another year or two.

Yours in real life and the occasional bi-carb,

Nan aka Sugarbaby