Food Rehab: Introduction
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I've talked a bit about it before, but I'm reading David Kessler's "The End of Overeating" book and loving it. I'm learning SO MUCH about what I'm realizing is my addiction: overeating/food.
Kessler has done an amazing job of talking about the facts behind the obesity problem: our bodies' desire for carbs and sugars, how our body responds to that, and the food industry's bloating of portions and sugars/fats/salts to make this food even MORE appealing. I highly recommend this book for everyone trying to lose weight.
But what takes this book above and beyond your typical non-fiction is its focus at how to solve the problem for us overeaters (conditioned hypereaters, as Kessler calls it). He gives us the theory for success and some basic pointers. Even better? He tells us that there is no one method that will work for everyone. You have to find what is your weakness and figure out how to fix that.
And I thought, "What if I did a series based on his ideas for Food Rehab, really looking at my life and how I'm changing it?" I don't know if it will work, but I'm going to give it a shot!
So, this series will be about my Food Rehab. I'll talk a bit about what Kessler shares and then talk about how I am handling it and how I will handle it when I reach maintenance.
Topics will be:
Planned Eating - Eating regularly, establishing portion control, finding satisfying foods that will make me full, and eating foods that I like to eat
Getting a Handle on Emotional Eating - Admitting when I am sad instead of using food as a way to temporarily "cheer up"
Avoiding Food Triggers - Finding out what my tempting foods are, refusing my tempting foods, making alternate plans to avoid my weak spots, limiting exposure to tempting foods, remembering my motivation, distracting myself from tempting foods, learning active resistance
Dealing with the Urges - Employing thought stopping, giving negative associations instead of positive ones to foods I am tempted by, mentally talking away the urge to eat
Exercise - Give myself the reward without the added paunch to the gut
So feel free to join me - oh, and don't forget to check out Kessler's book if you haven't already!!