Sunday, December 23, 2018
As a person who has been compulsively eating since I was a young girl, I have a hard time being intentional about my eating. When I'm under a lot of stress and have my mind on a lot of others things, I often forget to pay attention to how food makes me feel- full, groggy, healthy, etc.
I'm at home for a couple weeks before my next semester, and it's oftentimes an experience of being on my phone and overeating 24/7. As an introvert, I get overstimulated by my noisy family. I'm not doing much with myself, so the boredom turns to eating.
Here are three problems I'm having with my eating, and three methods of "troubleshooting" goals to better listen to my body and stop using food as a life buffer.
1) I am overstimulated and don't get the quiet time I need to stay balanced.
Goal 1: I intend assert my quiet time and section off a space in the house when I need to be left alone. We have a loving room which works all right for a quiet space as long as I put a sheet across the opening in the evening to signal I'm entering quiet zone. My brother just wouldn't get the hints that I need to wind down, so this really works to physically put up a barrier. I also have a white noise machine to help me relax and sleep. (I think I've gotten a hang of this goal all right so far.)
2) I'm done with the semester at college and have nothing to do with my life and I am giving in to a lot of the temptation to boredom eat.
Goal 2: I need to keep myself going. I like to exercise when I'm home and go on walks, but I can't exercise all day. I haven't had a chance to read a great book, do some writing, play with my siblings, or clean something for my mom to help her day in a while, and I think it's time to get going. I think making a list of things I get to do- like read, go on a walk, play a game with my sisters, or create something that makes my soul happy.
Life usually isn't having too much time left over, so I think my priority right now is to relax, enjoy myself, and get myself mentally prepared for the next couple of semesters of school. I always say I'm great at resting, but I'm not sure if I am. I think this goal is to let go of boredom and live life to the fullest when my to-do list isn't a mile long.
Well, last and most valid eating issue-
3) I am horrible at being a distracted, phone-holding, movie-watching, music-listening eater.
Goal 3: I'm going to unplug while eating. No headphones, no visual or scanning social media while I'm in the midst of enjoying my food. This is simple, but not easy, and it's the goal which will take the most assertion but make the most difference in allowing me to eat with intention and awareness.
There's my three goals, which are asserting my personal space, making a list to avoid boredom, and putting away my phone and taking out my headphones when eating. I feel like these are personalized and effective for me at the moment, but I trust in each of your experiences you'll need your own goals to better interact with food. Hope you the best in your goal making! I'll let you know how my experience goes.