Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Spangle writes on day #81 that it always starts with one little thing that triggers a chain of eating events during the day. Maybe you felt bad when you woke up and still had to face the work day, so you grab something on your way out the door. Then something happens at work and you help yourself to one of those cookies someone left in the conference room, and it goes on from there. Then by the end of the day you have eaten many things and many times you never intended to and you finish the day with a comforting bowl of ice cream. Sound familiar? It does to me. I've had days like that.
I often think that if I never put any food at all into my mouth from the start of the day, I can actually make it through without eating the sweets, treats and comfort foods. But you cannot exist without eating anything at all. One must learn to manage one's food intake.
I certainly can see the chain. Spangle says to look at the bowl of ice cream at the end of the day and consider what led to that, then go back to the earlier event that triggered eating "off-line." She says to keep on tracing back along the day until you get to where it all started. Once there, try to pinpoint the first event or trigger where the chain began. Then ask what bothered you. Ask what made you upset that you turned to food. Then try to unhook the links in the chain by analyzing the event or trigger at each place along the day. Try to figure out how you could change that. What could you have done instead of heading to the cupboard or cookie jar or ice cream? If you can unhook the chain early in the day, you may be able to prevent eating off track numerous times.