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ACTION STEP: Record and track your reason for eating

Sunday, July 01, 2007

This is the action step that can - WILL - make the most difference for me. When I think of doing it, that it. I've only done it a few times, but it really helps me slow down and think first about what I'm putting in my mouth - which should help a lot with "mindless eating," or the uncontrolled "I can't stand it, I'm losing my mind, I gotta eat!!!" eating.

#5 Eating on Purpose Action Step:
This may be a question you never asked yourself before: "why are you eating?"
Forget what you’re eating for a second, and focus on what caused you to make that cookie dough or icing, head for the drive-thru or bakery, or dive headfirst into a bag of M&Ms or cheetos (these are my binges).
Was it hunger? Boredom? To calm your nerves?

Or something intangible you can’t figure out (yet)?
(That’s me adding to the text, what I feel.)

In a recent poll conducted by SparkPeople, only 13% eat most often when hungry. It’s clear that more and more people are not only eating the wrong foods, but are also eating for the wrong reasons.
When we eat for reasons other than hunger, we’re more likely to eat unhealthy foods. Do you think people eat more ice cream when hungry, or when they’re upset and seeking comfort?
The true purpose of eating is to replenish your body with vitamins, minerals, carbs, calories and more. Hunger is your body’s way of saying "replenish me," which should be the only trigger to start eating.
This week, write down your reasons for eating (including hunger), every time you eat. This info will help you spot trouble areas and dangerous times of day in your quest to lose weight.

I plan to keep doing this action step until further notice - maybe always - because I'll need a lot longer than a week to get a handle on what sets off my crazy-making food radar!!! {{{{{BIG SIGH & TAKE A BREATH}}}}}
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