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Create a Stop sign

Monday, March 03, 2014

just loved this blog and wanted to share with y'all

By regularly drawing instead from both your head and heart hunger lists, you'll be able to avoid many of your emotional eating struggles right from the start. To use all these tools effectively, you need an instant reaction plan (an emotional stop sign) to remind yourself of your good intentions.

From your head and heart hunger lists, figure out your 3 favourites from each. Use these as your stop signs, like an emergency countdown plan for emotional hunger. Anytime you are tempted to reach for food, pull out your card and do the three things on your list. You want to be able to draw from the list instantly so make sure you have your card with you at all times.

Once you decide to use your stop signs from eating, do it quickly so you don't change your mind. Don't let your resolve weaken or try to convince yourself a little bit of food won't hurt you. The food usually does hurt you by increasing your emotional struggles or harming your self-esteem.

-In your journal, write down 3 things you will use as your stop sign plan for handling emotional hunger. Create separate lists for head and heart hunger issues.
-Copy your stop signs onto a billfold sized card and carry them with you as an instant reminder.
-Share your lists with a buddy and agree that you'll both use them as a set of emergency coping skills!

I find this is helping me - hope it helps you too

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