Time to Rein It In
Have you been eating more than normal, lately? Most people have. Holiday indulgences are in full swing…between rich party food, dinners and piles of seasonal comfort foods. We all enjoy them and a few indulgences isn’t the end of the world. But too much of a good thing does none of us any good.
It’s time to admit that this pleasure comes at high price…
You’ve heard dishes being referred to as ‘comfort food’ – some restaurants even have an entire section of their menu designated as comfort food. But comfort food is more than just a hearty dish…
- It’s those extra calories that you eat to feed an emotional need rather than a nutritional need.
- It’s excessively big portions that leave you stuffed.
- It’s high calorie snacks.
- It’s sugary treats.
- It’s fried, cheese-smothered appetizers.
- It’s whatever you indulge in with mindless munching.
Could you relate to any of the above? Most of us tend to gravitate toward a particular form of comfort food. For many women it’s chocolate or other sugary treats. For men it often takes a saltier form. I wish I could say for me it was one or other, but sadly I don’t discriminate. I like them both equally which is particularly dangerous!
Think of the last time you ate for pleasure rather than nourishment. Why’d you do it?
Out of Habit: Your body loves routine. If you always snack while watching television then you’d probably find it hard to relax without going through that munching motion. The good news is that once you break the cycle your body will quickly adapt to a healthier routine. This is so true for me. In fact Robert and I was just talking about it a couple of weeks ago – about how we tend to buy foods, especially snack foods (yes I have been known to snack) out of habit. Once you realize that, it is the first step to changing.
To Change Your Mood: Does the thought of a cupcake bring a smile to your lips? How about a large pizza to lift your mood? Pay attention to the emotions that trigger you to overeat – you may be surprised how often you use food to feel better.
Because Everyone’s Doing It: Who can resist comfort food when it’s offered among friends? Peer pressure doesn’t just apply to teenagers – it’s another reason to overeat. Remember that true friends will support your decision to refrain.
Can you remember how you felt after you last filled up on comfort food? If you’re honest, you’ll admit that the stuffed and bloated feeling was downright awful. So why do it?
- Come on, where have your eating habits gotten you?
- Into clothes that are a few sizes larger.
- Drained and with less energy than ever before.
- Plagued with health concerns and prescriptions.
- Embarrassed and frustrated with your body.
Most people don’t realize it, but the battle to overcome your eating habits is decided by a single body part.
It’s your brain. Once you’ve made up your mind, for better or for worse, you can bet that your body will obey your decision to the letter. You’ve proven it time and time again.
So make the decision to give up your unhealthy dependence on comfort food.
There is no better time than now.
Making a change is hard – that’s why I’m committed to being with you every step of the way. Call today to schedule a consultation. Maybe we can start to change those bad habits together.
You can end your dependence on comfort food, once and for all.