Thursday, April 12, 2012
After reading a health article in SP about 10 reasons why we overeat, I thought of one not specifically mentioned - habit. I started eating an after school snack as a young child. Whether it was when I got home or on those days I stopped at the store on my walk home to buy a small candy bar - mostly Look or Charleston Chew at the time - the result was the same --- often empty calories that I really wasn't hungry for. If it was at home, my mom, who loved to bake and made sure my brothers and I always had fresh cookies awaiting us, insisted we have a snack to tide us over until supper an hour or two later. As an adult I never really thought about changing this habit...until now. I do try to choose healthier options, but often I also end up binging on something not so healthy. I'm not really hungry. I'm simply continuing a habit that was probably not really necessary as a child and helped me to be a pretty overweight kid. My weight has been up and down through the years, but I know that when my weight won't budge despite exercise, healthy meals and lots of water...I need only look to my late afternoon snack habit. For me it is not as simple as substituting something healthy for something unhealthy because once I start munching I often have a hard time stopping. I do find that drinking a big glass of water, taking a walk, doing some chores, or phoning someone can give me time to refocus and make better choices. However, I have been unsuccessful through the years in actually breaking this bad habit. But, that doesn't stop me from continuing the challenge to beat this one. Time will tell.