Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The most helpful thing I've picked up from Beck so far is this: I Can Wait.

So often I think I'm hungry, I want to eat, I crave some texture or temperature or taste in my mouth. But when this happens now I quickly think I Can Wait. And I do. I get busy with something and later I notice I don't have that need, that desire, anymore.

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    I've used the "delay tactic" over the years (just not enough!!) and it works, especially when in a store and confronted by my favourite go-to binge-type "treats". Just Walk On By, as the song goes.

    1107 days ago
  • GORDON66
    Super plan!!!


    1109 days ago
    I'm not sure how I feel about this Beck concept because as a nurse I can see problems with it for many people but I am really looking forward to getting into the book when I have time. It is very intriguing to me, like all psychology methods, because I originally majored in psychology in college. I find myself wondering how a book like this would differ if it were written by a physician and not a psychologist.

    It's really great that you are discovering that you are often not really hungry, just wanting to eat. I don't really think I have that problem much as I don't generally think about food unless I'm hungry or are presented with smells. I don't watch the food channel much any more so I wonder if it would spur me to want to eat like it does some people. I love pictures of food. I don't often have cravings like most people and when I do, strangely enough, I almost always crave healthy things like fish and cabbage. I sometimes wonder if cravings have to do with lack of some nutritional substance that we need.

    Exercise has always crushed my appetite. The more I exercise the less I want to eat. So keeping busy kept me thin most of my life.

    My husband discovered years ago that cravings are cyclic when he wanted to quit smoking. I quit cold turkey without much problems but he struggled and said that his desire to smoke happened about every 20 minutes and if he ignored them them they would go away until another 20 minutes occurred. So he said that all one had to do was realize that you only had to get through that period and then you would have some relief. The periods lessened in intensity and lengthened over time so it made it easier. I think many people think that when you get hungry it grows and worsens and that is not always the case unless your blood sugar is low.
    1109 days ago
    Great coping strategy

    1109 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/9/2016 12:35:09 PM
  • no profile photo ARTHONES
    An excellent tool for my battle , thank-you for sharing and showing me l can "wait" also and l will .
    Its just common sense but unless you realise it you can't use it .
    Thank-you .
    1109 days ago
    Great idea.
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    1109 days ago
    that's it..
    1109 days ago
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