Emotional Eating: THAT Food

Yes, THAT one — the one you cannot say no to.

Okay, you likely already know what most easily derails you.  It’s that food, habit, or behavior that trips up your best intentions and usually requires far too long for recovery.

With foods, we have a few options:
If possible, do not bring them into your home.  Here’s the thing – if you truly, truly, truly want it, there are places that will keep it ready and available for you.  You can go get them even at three in the morning if necessary, and they keep it fresh for you. They even call it a “Store.”

If others in the household can’t live without the food that trips you, however, we can employ barriers between us and that food – perhaps putting it in an opaque container that is not on your eye level, in a cupboard you do not open, or in another room or workplace.

Try  the “this isn’t mine” plan – yes, I know. That may not have stopped us in the past, but we can choose it now. To make it stronger, connect it with something you buy for someone in your household that you could use but do not – that’s not my toothbrush, that’s not my underwear, that’s not my _______ food.  That food does not fit you, it’s not for you, and sharing it would be a bit weird.  This one may take a little practice, but you can do this.

 

Are you already finding reasons and excuses for this not to work?  That’s self-sabotage at its finest, and I know you can make better choices.  Come on – you can do this.

Next time, we’ll look at habits and behaviors –

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