When we talk about losing weight, the two most commons words heard are “diet” and “exercise”. But, there is another word that precedes these. That word is “TRIGGERS”. Our psychology plays the crucial first role in how we deal with our food. Below are a few of the personas that we give to our food, allowing it to possess a variety of triggers in our lives. How do you think of your food?
• MINDLESS EATING – this occurs when we are bored and food is just another thing to do. If you eat out of boredom, it’s time to find stimuli for your brain – outdoors? Indoors? Solo? with other? Find what’s missing and fill the void.
• REBELLIOUS EATING – this occurs when we act like kids and refuse to eat healthy “just because we can”. It’s great to get your way at times, but living a healthy, enjoyable life can sometimes mean sacrificing for yourself. YOU ARE WORTH IT! So the next time, you turn down veggies because you don’t like them that much, tell yourself that you are worth it and take the few minutes it will take to scarf them down and be over with it for now.
• FRIENEMY EATING – this eating is when we have a love/hate relationship with our food. It falls under the unhealthy addiction category. This one is difficult, but to help yourself out be strategic. Keep these foods out of the house and tell others that you are trying to avoid them and need help to do so. You can do it, especially when temptations are removed from your daily environment.
• BFF EATING – when your food becomes your BFF, you become an emotional eater. When you are sad, happy, and afraid or scared the food seems to comfort you. But, if the effects are negative in the end (it sticks to your waistline when you want it gone), then your clingy BFF needs to go. Find a replace friend (preferably a real one ;o) and use your food as nutrition.
These are just a few of the psychological eating that many of us deal with. If you need help figuring it out and making change,
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