To break the habit of overeating, I can face challenging eating situations in a "vulnerable state" or from strength.
A state of physical strength:
1. Get enough sleep
2. Eat every 2-3 hours
3. Stay hydrated
4. Workout daily
A state of physical vulnerability:
1. Not enough sleep. Note: if you're sleeping enough time, but waking tired, consider a sleep study
2. Coming to meals starving hungry
3. Not drinking enough water; thirst can be mistaken for hunger
4. Skipping workouts
Emotions can also leave you in a state of vulnerability to overeating. Even happy emotions like going to a party or vacation can lead to celebratory overeating. Emotions can be classified with FLAP (fear, love, anger, pain). I'll give you some examples, so you get the picture and can flap it yourself.
A state of emotional vulnerability:
1. Fear--performance anxiety, bad news, afraid to hurt cook's feelings, surprise
2. Love--celebrations with friends & family
3. Anger--revenge, Oh, I've stuffed lots of anger down with food!
4. Pain--grief, loneliness, rejection, sadness, self-judgment, regret, not wanting to "waste" food,
I have to think about this a little more, to decide what constitutes a state of emotional strength. My mental & emotional muscles need a little more flexing! If you have any suggestions, please post them.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
- Mahatma Gandhi