Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Over the next few days I am going to start paying close attention to the situations that triggers my overeating. Staring me right in the face today are the times that I get home from work in the mornings after working all night. When I get home I just want to eat and it is difficult to stop. Today was a huge test of that. I could feel myself wanting to eat more and more after I had already had my planned meal. I'd go into the kitchen, and walk out again. The craving became stronger and stronger. Finally I went into the kitchen and just drank 16 oz of water and that really helped me. Then I went to sleep.
Other triggers are when I am up by myself in the middle of the night because I can't sleep any more when I have slept all day after working the previous night. I'll watch tv and want to keep eating throughout the show. I feel like that I must have something in my mouth, that I must be chewing and swallowing to really enjoy the television show. To combat this again I'll drink some water, have a sensible snack of air-popped popcorn, and follow that with more water.
Really watching tv in general even with my husband will make me want to eat and keep eating.
Diet soda is also a trigger. When I am drinking soda I always want to have some sort of food with it. Especially chips, potatoes, anything high in carbohydrates and salt. Also if I decide to have soda with a meal that I've planned I'll crave seconds if I finish the meal before the soda.
A lot of this is coming to me even as I write this blog. In the future I will try and make it a goal to only drink water with my meals.
I'm looking forward to pin pointing future triggers and becoming more aware of my behaviors.