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Added: February 25, 2021
As hard as it sometimes seems we somehow always end up playing “catch up”. Whenever we are going to catch up with certain social needs, habits or desires, we postponing them. Sometimes it’s mid day and we say, okay I’ll get up early. Other times we say I’ll get up first thing in the morning. Why not today? It’s the day to turn what I did yesterday into another successful day, right? So we get up and we promise to do everything better and we change or improve or postpone the time we have set for the action. We say I will do better tomorrow. We believe we can do better every day and then we break that promise or later say I can do it today. It’s the never-ending cycle of the yo-yo dieter. I’m starting to hate that word for “never-ending cycle”.
Even if we are not physically sick, times are rough and we need to get the emotional jolt to get through the rough spots and keep the momentum going. Below are some ideas that may further that process to get you through those inevitably tough times.
Primarily speaking, I suggest reading a book on Emotional Eating by Dr. steak. My husband is great in this book, I am a great fan of his work, and I use a lot of important coping mechanisms in times of stress and emotion. Honestly if a good book could help or save someone, I’m as good as any.
A way I use this is to go the bookstore and get a couple of books on Emotional Eating by Dr. steak. I read one the other read the other, kept me some of the techniques that I do well. I don’t get all deep down andotional about our emotions, but we do need a tool to understand and process them. Though in a debate some self-proclaimed experts out there may disagree, I do notice that most of the ideas in the book are very similar to what I have tried to do in a different way.
A few ideas to get you past that emotional hurdle are:
Determine where you feeling and ask yourself, “What do I need right now to get me back on track?” Write a list and strike out anything out of the list that is not a well held onto core value right away. I’m looking for a strong image of you when you are an emotional eater. I know it sounds simple enough, and I do get quite deep down when I do that, but it really helps.
I then ask myself, “What do I really want? What do I truly want to do right now?”
The next part of the step is to ask a simple internal question. Let your answers be somewhat describing your problem. Write an answer for the question you ask. After, breathe in deeply and expand your whole response out to your remembering the feeling of the corners of my stomach when my shorts got tight. Getting dressed in the morning and changing to fit into my usual clothes. Being a woman who has changed her hairstyle more than once. I can accept acceptable responses for most of these but the truth is, it’s so much more than that.
Finally, I write down my answers and say to myself, “On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), how bad is today’s day based on my self-esteem to your top 10?”
The reality is, it’s a number. It’s whether you can look at yourself, even without the glasses by yourself, and still say how bad it is. No one person can tell another person how bad a day they are feeling. But most people can, with all intent, see the behavior on their own partner, their loved ones, their inner you-know-what. See the list you made and rate it. Let’s say it’s a 1 or 2. Start with the really, really bad ones, like I’m dying to eat that last bag of chips, or I can’t go without them. At a false-ish 9 or 10, give yourself a reality check. I’m not that ridiculous. Realize that you don’t have to be happy with that. You can be smarter than that.
cogitating is great and feels a lot better than crying, at least it does for me. Even if you are not into emotional eating, can you take some of the stress out of your life now and then by making little positive changes? outstanding recognize the behaviors that tend to make you want to reach for the cookies or ice cream or other sweets. There are healthy options at your grocery store. If you aren’t sure, check with your doctor.