OVEREATING!!! Is such a common problem so many of us have! You know, the feelings of guilt and why did I do that? They either come to you immediately after or a week or two down the road when you step on the scale
And lets be honest….we all talk to ourselves…..and lets be real…….we ALL overeat….whether its big meals, snacks throughout the day, or you are with me and have a love of chocolate. This is exactly why we can use conversations we have with ourselves to stop overeating.
I’m all about being real with ourselves. Calling our habits out and doing something about them.
Whether you overeat because of stress, boredom, the shear love of food, you got the munchies after a late night out, or simply because you sat down with a bag of food and didn’t stop until you cleaned out the entire thing. It doesn’t matter…..it has happened to ALL of us!
And we self talk all the time….out loud or in our head. Negative or positive. “How did I forget to do that?” “Really Becky? You put the clean cups in the fridge and not the cupboard?” or “I can’t believe I got that much done today” (with a little happy dance going on in my mind) are common conversations going on with myself lately.
So if we recognize these overeating habits that are leading to weight gain or the inability to lose weight and we are already having conversations with ourselves why can’t we combine these two to really make something awesome happen and get rid of our overeating habits?
We can! I dare you to try! Over the years I have worked with people to practice using techniques to help with their overeating issues. Below is just a short list of phrases that I have been told over and over have helped others overcome this habit.
Here is how it works…..
The next time you sit down at a restaurant and you look at the delicious food that you know is way too much food for you to eat, or you find yourself standing in your kitchen searching for a snack, or you finish your plate of food and automatically go back for seconds…..
First….give thanks. Give thanks that you are blessed enough to have this food available to you. Not everyone does. You are given something that unfortunately not everyone has readily available to them. Therefore you will not take advantage of it and stuff yourself in one sitting.
then…..tell yourself you are only going to eat until you feel satisfied. Not that overstuffed “ahh I ate too much” feeling or that “I have to unbutton my pants” Thanksgiving meal. Your stomach is full, not bloated, you can go for a walk without feeling like your food is going to come back up…..you know what I am talking about…..
After this…if you find yourself wanting to eat more off your plate, wanting to go for seconds, have a mid-afternoon snack attack…..repeat or ask yourself one of these phrases to yourself.
I was serious in the beginning. I dare you to try this. What do you have to lose? I have had many people be successful with just these few tips. We will never be able to control the amount of food that we are constantly surrounded by and the large portions of foods we are served. But we can control our own thoughts and actions.
Whether I get a vocal “This is sooo true” or a silent “…