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Steps to ending emotional eating

Thursday, October 03, 2013

I've been reading this resource on ending emotional eating and the first step is to take control and responsibility. They recommend doing this through using "I" statements when confronted with problems. So here it goes.

My job's schedule leaves me exhausted and unprepared for home-cooked meals. The hours are making me either too tired or too busy to go to the gym. I end up slumped on the couch eating tons of food at night.

Reworked as "I" statements with responsibility and control: I choose to buy food at work rather than spend time at home cooking. I decided to come home early rather than stop by the gym after work. I wanted to sit and watch TV instead of standing on my feet for another two hours.

This more clearly defines the problem while putting it within my control. 1: Sometimes it is okay for me to buy food at work. They have a great salad bar and I could easily get myself a delicious, healthy meal. But they are also expensive, so I'll have to find the time (maybe before work) to slap together some food. 2. Without a clear workout plan, going to the gym will take a long time as I familiarize myself with a routine. I need to do this on my day off or sometime after work, when I'm not in a rush. It is okay if that doesn't happen this week. 3. Of course I don't want to stand once I get home, I've been standing all day! Either I'll need to have dinner ready-made and just heat it up, or I'll have to whip up something fast enough that I can sit down again and relax. And *stay* sitting, no more getting up for snacks!

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    I do lots of big batch cooking on weekends: I love blended veggie soups (with lentils!) with gigantic salad for lunch, or Chef Meg's Slow-Cooker Lasagna (all ready to go and pre-portioned into my lunch containers!).

    I also (always) suggest finding an activity that motivates you intrinsicly: if you hate going to the gym (like me!), then it's more work to convince yourself to go. If you find a hobby that's active and fun, you will want to go to it, even if you're tired. Climbing, zumba, swimming, and dance classes all fall into this category for me :)

    1665 days ago
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