Sunday, March 30, 2014
Like many over eaters, I am an emotional eater. And, it doesn't take much to send me to the kitchen cupboard. (Or, it didn't! I have been doing better these last few weeks.) My two biggest triggers are stressful situations and boredom. Both of these will send me to get food. I guess this is where the expression "comfort food" comes from.
As a child I came from a family where my mother showed us her love by preparing our family wonderful meals. I was a very skinny child so of course I was encouraged to eat large portions and often. As an adult, the skinny part went away, but my eating habits were well ingrained in me. I have always eaten healthy, homemade meals, seldom if ever eating prepared foods or fast foods. My problem isn't the foods I eat, but the amount I eat.
Now that I am retired boredom plays a bigger role, especially this winter when the weather has kept me in the house for days on end. When summer comes I will be outdoors working and being more active which will make it easier.
When I plan out my food for the day and put it in my tracker I find it really helps to control my portion sizes and my snacking. Hopefully I will continue to stay on track long enough so my healthy habits become true habits and my long and short term goals continue to be a permanent way of life.