Stop your food cravings and overeating now! If your body is not physically hungry, it’s all in your head! You can change your thoughts about eating! Put your attention elsewhere, think about something that makes you feel good, find a distraction, and get your thoughts off food. Remember you can’t think about 2 things at exactly the same time, so distract yourself and make yourself think about something other than food. Stop the cravings and overeating and get yourself motivated and inspired to stay healthy. Do something to maintain your health and weight loss goals. Saying the words “Do not eat now” to yourself is one thing, but what would really help is to have a tool or way to do this. I found a way and has been helping me for the last few weeks. Maybe it can help you, too.
My work on the 100 days of Weight Loss Team (based on Linda Spangle’s books) resulted in me writing about “Compulsive or Impulsive Eating” on Day 16 of the 100 days. I wrote the following which triggered my interest to dig deeper into this and got me thinking more about it. This is Part 1 of the beginning of my thinking about food cravings, night time eating, and overeating.
Here’s what I wrote on the team’s pages that started all this:
Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive Eating?
In the past, I never tried to put a label on the type of behavior that drives me to overeat. I just know it is an overwhelming and urgent rush to get to the kitchen and eat food in “unmeasured” servings/portions when that feeling takes over. The food is never pre-planned and entered beforehand in my daily food plan or tracker. I just eat it.
I never considered where did the sudden desire to eat come from or why did I get the idea. My attention was on the end result, the goal...food! Thinking about that now, that is really strange. Makes me feel like I am pre-programmed like a robot to act a certain way without conscious decision making. So, if I can reprogram myself when the sudden craving hits, by asking myself the right questions, and changing my response to cravings, there’s hope!
I like the 7 minute idea to try and curb the sudden cravings for food. That would be a good time to reflect on what to do next. Should I stop and distract myself with something or get off track and head to the kitchen?
I read some ideas to try about changing your habits to help stop impulse eating:
- Eat more often
- Always eat breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day
- Keep a water bottle available and drink water
- Cut out evening snacks
- Take control of your thoughts and think about what you are doing
- Go for a walk
- Brush your teeth
- Drink herbal tea
Hoping some of these ideas will work.
This last week, I just started putting together a group of positive thoughts and reminders for me to read when I get the “evening munchies”. I collected a lot of them. I never timed myself, but I read them until I get back in control to stay on my food plan and stay out of my “closed” evening kitchen. Those ideas are starting to help me.
I read the following somewhere, but don’t remember where, so I can’t give them credit. But, it makes me laugh every time I read it.
“Remember you are in charge not your cravings! You have come too far to take orders from a cookie!”
For the future, I’m working on the following ideas. Stay tuned....
- Collection of motivating, inspiring, and thought provoking stop overeating images (will update as I find more meaningful and relevant images)
- Non-Food Ways to Nurture Yourself
- Night Time Eating
Since the above are my big problem areas, my goal is to keep all this info at my fingertips in my blogs so I can have it readily available whenever I need it for positive reinforcement.
Hoping this information will be helpful and useful to you, too. Have a healthy and wonderful Spark Day!!
Here’s a link to 100 days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle team: