When most people here this they think of being depressed, and sitting down with a spoon and a carton of ice cream, hoping to feel a little bit better inside. Emotional eating for me is how do the foods I eat make me feel emotionally, foods that make me happy, foods that make my body happy, or bring joy, maybe serenity and calm... I can think of certain foods I eat that bring on a particular mood or emotion, I can choose foods that will bring on an emotion or, I can feel an emotion after eating certain foods. Either way, this is my version of emotional eating, don't eat to drown out an emotion, you may miss the benefit and enjoyment of eating all together.
Make your meals and the foods you eat work for you in a positive way, your mind and your body. Listen to your body, it will let you know what it wants and needs, it can have a lot to do with how you are feeling physically and emotionally. Eat FOR your body and mind, not because of your body and mind. Feed the soul all the things that will bring about positive emotions, foods that make the heart happy, the body calm, your internal organs serene, bring joy to your plate. Stay away from heavy, ugly, sad foods, or anything that might make you feel this way after you eat them. You know the feeling I am talking about, the "oh I wish I hadn't eaten that", or "why did I eat that" feeling. Those foods belong in the sad category of emotions, or angry at yourself emotion, or disappointed that you made that choice emotion.
Stay with the good things in life, foods that build your body and self esteem. Foods that help your body move, keep your brain active, help your internal organs work optimally, when you do this you will keep your emotions positive. You will continue to make the right choices for you based on how these choices make your body and your mind feel.
Crispy Buffalo Chicken
1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders
½ cup buffalo sauce (homemade or store bought)
1 cup panko bread crumbs (I use Ian’s gluten free panko breadcrumbs)
1 tbsp each dried chives and dried parsley
2 tsp dried dill
1 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper (you can add more or less depending on your taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a bowl toss chicken tenders with 2 tbsp buffalo sauce.
In a separate larger bowl, combine panko, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, stir to combine.
Dredge the buffalo coated tenders one by one in the panko mixture and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Lightly drizzle brush olive oil over the top of the chicken tenders.
Bake the tenders for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.