February 23, 2005

food makes me happy

"My name is Matt Harmless, and I am an emotional eater."

*no response*

Then I smile to myself because I know where the rest of my support group is. They are out in the hall stealing the coffee and doughnuts from the other support groups table.

At least they are happy.

Alright, I am just kidding. I don't actually go to an emotional eater support group. (I don't know if that would work anyway. What would you do to celebrate graduating from the class?) But even though I don't actually get together with other emotional eaters, I have to admit that this is exactly what I am.

It is embarrassing to admit, but food just makes me happy.

My wife was the first one to notice it. Of course I argued with her about it for awhile, but then I started to notice the trend myself.

Hard day at work -- Want Food.
Argument with wife -- Want Food.
Kids acting bad -- Want Food.
Car breaks down -- Want Food.
Nothing happens at all -- Want Food.

And it works too! Anything from frozen pizza to a fancy dinner at Carabba's. It all makes me feel a little bit happier.

The problem comes when we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant and I fill up on the chips (which are making me happy, just thinking about them), and the food comes out and I successfully scarf that entire meal. If you don't know this already, Mexican food expands in the stomach.

The saddest part is that I do the same thing everytime.



What is your favorite "make you happy" kind of food?

10 comments :

  1. LOL!!!

    I'd love to talk about this, if only I wasn't out in the hallway, scarfing down donuts...

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  2. Wouldn't it actually be alot of fun to have an emotional eater support group. The meetings would be a blast!

    (By the way: the picture for this post it the one and only chalk drawing that I have ever done.)

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  3. You are not alone..I am an emotional eater as well..and someday it is going to catch up with me..I must say that I think ice cream or popcorn are my "make me happy" foods:)

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  4. hmmph. emotional eater is my middle name... chocolate, white chocolate more specifically and cheesecake are my comfort foods.. bad bad ruthie.. must find more healthy alternatives.. but it is nice to know that Guys veiw food as comfort too!

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  5. Matt- the picture is really lovely.

    An interesting subject to explore... the worship of chocolate...

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  6. I just eat and have no emotional attachments, just a physical need for whatever "it" is that chocolate has. Yummmmmm.

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  7. Peanut M&M's really do it for me. Then again, a really good DQ Oreo Blizzard gets me going. However, you can't really beat a "butterfly" donut from Daylight Donuts, or a chocolate covered cream filled from KK. But don't forget the really good .....

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  8. I am glad to see that I am not alone. Our meeting may now begin. Who took the krispy kremes??

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  9. Just a friend you never knew.2/26/2005 9:54 PM

    That is one fat guy bowing down to chocolate.

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  10. I with you. I have 3 weeks on diet, and all that I can think is that as soon as it´s finished I will eat this chocolate and those pork chops. Sometimes I think I cant wait all that time.

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