Thursday, August 05, 2010
A few days ago, I wrote about how I used Allen's Carr's words to quit smoking. I quit January 1, 2010 . He kept reiterating the same words that rang in my head- "Will that cigarette make the problems go away?" Of course the smoking didn't make the problems go away. Then I used that same motto to get myself to keep exercising, "Will not exercising solve my problems?" The answer, of course, is no.
Then I got to thinking that this exact motto should be applied to emotional eating. In my mind, emotional eating is not much different from smoking. It is something we do because we are stressed about something which is the reason most people give for smoking. "I was upset and had to have a cigarette." Of course, the cigarette didn't make the stress go away; it just gave an excuse to smoke...
But, I digress, as I think about emotional eating, which I have never been a huge one to do, I grabbed the smokes instead, I have the same thought. People reach for the ice cream or the chocolate or whatever you flavor of choice may be because they are stressed. Then the question should enter your head, "Will eating the Peanut M&M's make the stress go away? Do you really feel better after you have eaten it?" Your answer is probably no. You probably feel worse because now you have the "guilt" of what you ate to lay on top of the original problem. Then follows the, "I blew it so I might as well just keep eating." It becomes a vicious circle.
So the next time you are upset and reach for the refrigerator door, ask yourself, "Is eating this really going to solve my problem or is the problem still going to be there when I am done?" I bet you can close that refrigerator.