Thursday, October 11, 2012
Emotional eating is how got myself to an unhealthy weight. I began eating to feel happy and loved from the time I was a teen. Now I am a wife to a wonderful husband who loves me, and the mother to 3 awesome children-- life is good, but when the little stresses come along I still revert to eating my "problems" away-- it's a learned habit now. It is time to try and reverse this and learn new healthier behaviors to handle what comes my way. I know this is going to take some time and discipline but in the end if I can switch my thoughts in a different direction, hopefully I can break free from this cycle of turning to food for every occasion, be it an emotionally up or down situation. My strategy will be to come up with a catch phrase that will make me stop and think before I reach for food. I will also make a list of alternatives to food, like a foot rub with my new peppermint foot lotion or a phone call or text to a friend. I will post this mantra and list of alternatives in my trigger places-- the kitchen and at my work desk. Food is good but it is for fuel and I need to treat it this way.