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Thinking about food

Thursday, September 29, 2016

So I was thinking about my relationship with food and wondering why my brain will suggest chocolate and other carbolicious foods when I'm upset or tired.

When I'm upset, why doesn't my brain say "you know, you've got cucumber and some hummus hidden in the refrigerator"?

Or when I've had a tough day, why doesn't my brain tell me to "just put your feet up and indulge in a nice healthful quinoa salad"?

Or "you've got this! You remember where you hid those peaches!"?
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    Your brain is just responding to your feelings. You felt upset and had a tough day. We don't like to feel bad.

    Food makes us feel good. It works. It's fast. It's there.

    Actually, you are making progress. Those brain messages usually go sneakily unnoticed. You noticed them. That's major progress. It takes awhile to rewire the brain to think of other options.

    Make a list of non-food things that relax you. Relax in a bath, go for a walk, play a game, call a friend, etc. post this on your fridge. If you do one of those options frequently enough, your brain will be trained to go there. Yeah, the carb message is still there but option 2 is "in there."

    901 days ago
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