Emotional eating

 It’s amazing how much our emotions effect the way we feel, physically. For example, if I’m sad about something, I often start to feel tired and lethargic. When I’m angry, I tend to get very energetic. If I’m nervous, I sometimes get a stomach ache.

Our emotions also effect our appetite. Whenever my mom gets upset, she loses her appetite. If Joel, my 3-year-old, is excited about something he gets to do after dinner, he is suddenly “soooo full, Mommy!” Not many emotions tend to make me lose my appetite, unfortunately. But I do tend to crave sweets if I’m feeling sad or wronged by a person or circumstance.

Recently, some close friends were going through a rough situation. Rich and I decided to take them out to dinner so we could be a support to them and hopefully take their minds off their troubles, however briefly. But instead of enjoying a good meal at a nice restaurant, all four of us have agreed that the difficult conversation we had that night pretty much ruined our experience at the restaurant. I think it’s going to be a while before any of us can head back there again and expect to have a nice time.

Conversely, even a mediocre meal can become tasty if your emotional state is in a good place. Rich and I and the kids have a restaurant we like to meet my parents and an aunt and uncle for brunch once  a year. The food is good, but nothing special or unique. But we all like the restaurant because of the fun memories we have of good times together.

Have you had a restaurant experience that was affected, either for the good or bad, by how you were feeling emotionally while you were there?


This post was inspired by The Dinner, a novel by Herman Koch. Two brothers and their wives sit down for a tension filled dinner to discuss a tragedy that can change both families’ lives forever. Join From Left to Write on October 29 as we discuss The Dinner.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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