The other day I was driving and was thinking about what I could eat when I got home. I was thinking about an apple with walnuts, a sweet potato, a salad and, of course, some not-so-good-for-me goodies.
Suddenly, I became very aware of these thoughts. Why was I think about food? I asked my self the following questions: Was I hungry? No, I already had a good lunch. Was I thirsty? This was a strong possibility so I took a sip of water. Still, the thoughts of food were really preoccupying my brain. I was picturing myself “rooting” around in the kitchen, sitting down and enjoying something to eat and feeling relaxed, or at least..going “ahhh”.
No, no, no! “What is wrong with me? I already figured out that I’m not hungry!” I said to myself. Luckily, I was still driving when I figured it out. Waiting at home were some tasks that I was anxious and not confident about completing and I was using food as a delay tactic!
Whew! Thank goodness I realized this before I got out of the car, otherwise, I would have chowed down on some unnecessary calories and not have gotten any real satisfaction from it, either. So instead of eating, I sat down and did those things I was trying to put off and I had a sense of relief that my work was done and that I stayed on track with my eating! I gave myself a gold star for the day 🙂
Take these ACTION STEPS to avoid eating when you’re not really hungry.
1. Start a food journal. That way you can see how much and what type of foods you have already eaten. You’ll also be able to see any patterns that develop.
2. Drink water and stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common cause of overeating.
3. Become aware of your thoughts around food. The more aware you are, the more likely you can control your behavior.
4. If you are using eating as an excuse for doing something else, then stop it! Take personal responsibility for what food goes in your mouth and get done what needs to get done.
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