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Emotional triggers…..

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.

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    I am just getting the hang of logging everyday, which is very eye-opening emoticon

    Going to add planning in as soon as I get through Easter ( a bit hard to stick to the plan, when I am not the one serving the food :)
    1503 days ago
  • LEANIN15
    Stress triggers it every time with me. I on the other hand used food for the one thing I didn't get growing up. My Mom was always loving, but the and, I was fat from the get-go! lol I guess it really doesn't matter how any of us formed unhealthy addictions to food, but it does matter how we need to learn to overcome them. Exercise really has been a lifesaver for me. Oh, and doing challenges for sure. I started with a 10 day, then a 60 day, and as you now know, just started the 100 day. Good luck, the diet is the hardest to master - but we can do it! One day at a time!
    1511 days ago
    Being aware is the first step in conquering them.
    1512 days ago
    I am an emotional eater too, it is a tough battle. emoticon
    1512 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    1513 days ago
    boredom is my biggest downfall, after I go in the living room in the evening, it is like I turn on a button, and I start wanting anything I can find to eat.
    I have been pretty good, but sure wish, I knew a off button. emoticon
    1513 days ago
    So true emoticon
    1513 days ago
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