I was going to title this post, “What Do You Get Out of Night Time Snacking” because that is my issue right now and I want to seriously think/talk about it. I want to explore why I do it night after night when I don’t want to. Why do I sometimes feel powerless to it.
Then I realized my night time snacking may be some one else’s sneaking food or extra serving or super sized fry. Regardless of how our food demons materialize there must be something we are getting out of it or we wouldn’t do it.
So what is it?
What do we get out of overeating or eating when not hungry?
For me, honestly, I think it’s a lot about habits. I formulated a habit of unwinding at the end of the day by eating. It’s my sigh of relief, a celebration of a job well done or compensation for a crappy day.
I also eat to stay awake. It gives me a burst of energy when I really should go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.
There are also times I eat because I feel sorry for myself and for some reason, food fills a void. I’m not sure why, but it does.
So I guess the answer to my own question is…
Sometimes I get relaxation, sometimes energy and sometimes, in a weird way, compassion from the food.
What do you get out of it?