... There is an article called "Knowing These 8 Facts Could Mean the End of Overeating".
It's worth the read!
I found it interesting that after reading point #1, about how overeating is used as a coping mechanism, I had a flashback to my childhood. I was a latch-key kid in the 1970s, where I would let myself and my younger sister in to our suburban home after school. It would be a few hours later when my parents would come home from work. Definitely not something you hear about nowadays but it was pretty common then.
What would I do when I got home? Usually, eat comfort food, like the article says. I would usually eat lots of white bread with sugar on it, or flour tortillas with butter, crackers, chips (if we had them), ice cream, cookies. I'd sit and watch TV and eat that.
So, I think that if I can get to the root of one of my overeating issues, I'd say that I like to eat to entertain myself. I still do that!! My husband and I love to eat in front of the TV. That's our regular routine for meals.
Another point in the article that resonates with me: #7. Eating/drinking is a good way to 'medicate' ourselves to feel better with stress. I think I am constantly stressed, or at least anxious/nervous. I don't even realize it most of the time, until my husband points it out. "Why are you so nervous?" he says. And, I don't know why most of the time.
So now that I am realizing some of my own triggers, how do I stop it?
What I got from the article: 1) Move away from situations that tend to cause these triggers, 2) Think of creative ideas on replacing food/drinks with something better, 3) Planning ahead, 4) Increase physical activity.
What did you all get from this article? What other suggestions do you have to help?