Maintenance Lesson #1 revised
Thursday, April 25, 2013
In my Maintenance Lesson #1 blog ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
), I spoke about guilt signalling my eating for the wrong reasons. Time to revise that lesson! Last night was one of those "Whoooa, I can't believe I didn't see this until now" moments that opened my eyes and made me realize I have to amend Lesson #1. The basic message underlying it remains unchanged: "Pay attention to the message behind the guilt." HOWEVER, guilt is not *always* indicative of eating for the wrong reasons.
Sometimes - indeed, often - it indicates thought distortions. Particularly about what and how I should(n't) eat.
I shouldn't have eaten that, because:
-I'm not that hungry
-I'm going to bed soon anyway
-I already ate [insert high calorie or treat food/item from similar food group/etc.]
-That food has low nutrient density. It's junk, and I'm a screwup for eating it.
Takeaway: listen listen listen. Determine the reason for the guilt. Attack appropriately. That means not attacking me, especially not by using more food as ammo.