I have never considered myself to be an emotional eater until yesterday afternoon when I read this article titled “Gluten Issues or Celiac? Don’t Drink Coffee!” Since learning about this whole gluten intolerance thing I have, I have eliminated all wheat and dairy, to my astonishment, pretty easily and without resistance. But eliminating coffee?! I will admit, I got pretty hot when I read this. I thought, “First wheat and dairy and now coffee?! What’s next?”
I have spent a lot of time over the past few hours thinking about this. What it means to be an emotional eater hit home for the first time in my life. We all have our comfort foods and daily foodie routines – my morning cup o’ joe was definitely one of mine. Drinking my coffee was more than habit, it was, just that, comforting. We associate food with memories and feelings and we resist letting go. I know this is not a new concept, but it became real to me yesterday and that real understanding is what changes someone. (Read my post on Knowing vs. Understanding.)
I hope I don’t seem like a nut job by saying this, but this whole experience was humbling in a weird way. I had no idea just how emotionally attached I was to my coffee. The uprising of sadness and anger I felt yesterday surprised me – I had worked myself up in a bona fide tizzy over coffee!
Ultimately, I found myself having to answer this question: “What do you cherish more? Your coffee or the health of your body?” The answer wasn’t hard.
This morning was my first morning without coffee in a LONG time. Its funny how your mind makes things out to be harder than they really are. Its the mind that holds on to those memories and feelings, not our bodies, so here’s to honoring our bodies and bring on the herbal tea!