There’s a huge snowstorm here today, school is cancelled, and it’s Valentine’s, too. The combination just makes me want to snuggle down to a nice day inside, cooking some great food to keep us warm and feeling cozy and comforted.
Some might say that’s a definition of emotional eating, and I guess it is. But emotional eating is part of normal eating. Take the famous definition of normal eating by Ellyn Satter, pioneer in the area: "Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad, bored, or just because it feels good."
The black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking that says we shouldn’t ever eat emotionally can set us up for overdoing it. And indeed, when we begin to overdo emotional eating, that’s when it begins to hurt. And when we need to start using other ways to take care of ourselves.
But if you’re like me, caught inside on a cold, cold day in the midst of a blizzard, and a good meal seems just the way to end this Valentine’s Day, go for it. We need to eat, and making our meal a celebration of our emotional connections is perfect!
If you’re in some other part of the world where it’s sunny and warm, and a good meal seems just the way to end your Valentine’s Day, ditto. Valentine’s Day is about love, and what better way to love than to provide our loved ones, including ourselves, with a nourishing, good-tasting meal that hits the spot.
Happy Valentine’s Day!