Friday, February 17, 2012

Retrain Your Brain

Happy Friday Bleeps!  Can I get a Woo Woo for the weekend?  WOO WOO!!!

I've gotten a lot of questions lately about eating right.  So I want to talk about that right now.  A dear dear friend is having a very hard time.  She if finding herself eating even when she's not hungry.  She can never seem to feel full.

Eating when you aren't hungry is very familiar to me.  It's a large part of my past.  For me it was emotional eating.  When something was bothering me or I was depressed, I ate.  It did not matter if I had already eaten.  I would eat again.  It was a comfort.

I still struggle with it sometimes. I will be at someone's house who has snacks out and I will find myself going back over and over.   Just one little bite.  I only had a little bit so it's okay to have another.  I've been really good lately, one more bite won't hurt.  No one saw that so it's okay to have more.  These are seriously the thoughts that go through my head.

Have you ever gone out to dinner and then when you walked out of the restaurant you smell another restaurant and think "Oh I could go for a Steak right now"?  Happens to me all of the time.  I will literally be full, but I will smell food from somewhere else and immediately want that too.  It's insane.  It's a trigger.  It is not your body, but your brain that is doing it.  You've got to retrain your brain.

It's easy for me to control my eating at home.  Remember: If you Buy it, you will Eat it.  I try really hard to keep from having excess snacks around the house.  If I feel the urge to eat something I go have a few carrots or chew some sugar free gum.

I still sneak snacks some times.  I still indulge in treats, but there are rules to it: 
*Only if I have had my proper meals. 
*Only if I haven't had a treat already today. 
*If I have a slice of pizza I have to make sure I get my veggies in too.

One of the biggest changes I have made to help with this problem is that I eat smarter now.  I make sure that my meals are substantial.  If you have a pop tart for breakfast you are doing nothing good for your body.  It's sugar.  It will not feel you up.  Avoid doughnuts at all costs.  Empty calories.  Seriously, I think we all know we could down a dozen before we even start to feel full.  It's not worth it.
 
Start keeping a journal of everything you eat.  You don't have to share it with anyone.  I have several friends are telling me what they eat every day.  I'm good with that.  If you have to report it to someone else it may make you think twice about making a poor choice.  If you are embarrassed or ashamed and don't want to share it with anyone you know, then please feel free to email me your daily/weekly food journals. I would be happy to help.

I have more to talk about, but I had a big workout tonight and I have to get up early to meet a friend for weights.    He better show up!  I am getting up at 7am for this.  :-) 

****Please note****

If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you!  Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week.  The journey is so much easier if you have support.

 jhendersonfit@gmail.com

1 comment:

  1. I like this post, I can relate to it a lot. This is why I started posting my food journal on my blog, it makes me accountable, even if no one reads it. :)

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