Monday, December 16, 2013
What if I just love to eat?
These were two Sparkpeople hot topics in the message boards this morning. I still struggle with both. My learned answer for the first topic is: You must retrain yourself to be satisfied with healthier options. I never would have guessed that I would be satisfied using raisins as a sweetener in oatmeal. But since I've cut way back on natural and artificial sweeteners, My cravings for sweets is reduced and the sweetness from the raisins is truly enough. A non-believer might say I'm lying to myself. Maybe I am. It doesn't feel like it though. In any case, the change in my thought process allowed me to accept and be satisfied with a healthy alternative. Call me duped. I'll take it!
What's my answer to boredom eating? Two things. First, have a meal plan and put it in writing. I used to rely on Sparkpeople menus and swap items that were in the same food group. That was a good step, but I had a high failure rate. Two weeks ago, I found the Sparkpeople meal plan template, modified it, used it, and it worked! It took the stress out of meal preparation. I still had flexibility to swap items, but having the complete meal plan that included three snacks was a real whiz bang for me! The other part of the meal plan was the grocery list. I organized the list by the store layout and took into account what I had on hand when planning meals. My husband is the alpha shopper, so we go each week and I follow him around and grab an occasional item that's on my ad hoc list. Well, he was sick this weekend, so I went solo. I've done this before and overspent with little to show for it. This time, I had a serious list! I bought a few things not on the list, but all told, I spent at least $50 less than our average bill. If we make it through the week without complaints about snackfood, I'll be totally validated.
The finer point: plan for success. You can do this!
To bring this back to the boredom eating, we all want to be good students, right? Doing all my healthy lifestyle homework feels good! My plan has a purpose. Going off plan is not pursuing the purpose. Getting some success under your belt is liberating. Boredom eating always comes with guilt. Forgiving is hard for me. So, what I typically do is ignore and avoid. But what we need to do is dial in! Focus on you. Don't tune out. Your body will respond to the kindness.