Growing up I didn't just eat when I was hungry. I ate when I was sad, I ate when I was bored, I ate when I was happy, and I ate just because I enjoyed food. Most of my life my whole world revolved around what I was eating or what I was going to eat later. It's no wonder that when I first started to eat healthier and grasp the idea of moderation I had to reprogram my brain.
To help myself not over eat or cave into temptation I would stop myself and really think about what I was about to eat and why. I know this sounds silly, but trust me...it works!
For starters I would evaluate...am I really hungry, or am I just: (a) bored, (b) tired, (c) sad, (d) you know where I'm going with this. If for some reason my "hunger" wasn't really me being hungry I would focus and fix the root of the problem. Keeping a journal and writing down exactly what emotions were going on helped me work through my emotional "hunger."
If for some reason I was really hungry I didn't just give into the bad food I was ready to indulge in I would again think about it. I would think about what I have already ate for the day and figure out whether or not I could fit a serving or half of serving into my day. A lot of times I would go back and rethink the situation as well. Asking myself simple things like:
"Do I really want this? Is it worth delaying my results? I mean it's always going to be there. I can always go to the store (or wherever) and pick up more if I really want it later".
Sometimes simply talking myself through the situation like this helps. By doing this I am able to pass on the goodies in the office and/or the family get-together.
It might seem silly to some but it has helped me a lot over the years, especially in the beginning of my journey. For more accountability or support it is also helpful to have a personal coach or challenge group. Having another person or group of people to talk to in our weakest moments is key for some on sticking to their healthy lifestyle.
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