Discomfort of 80

"I just ate too much."

"Wow, that was fantastic, I just had to eat the whole plate."

"I really didn't need that."

It is so easy to eat more then we need. It’s not always about physical hunger. There's other stuff at work.

For example:

  • It's hard to "waste" food.
    We can hear our parents' voices in our head: There are starving children! You shouldn't leave food on the plate!
  • Food keeps us occupied.
    If we stay "busy" with food, then we don't have to deal with other things...such as "the big stressor in our lives". Or just plain old boredom.
  • Food numbs us.
    It’s a good painkiller for emotional and physical distress.
  • We confuse emotions with hunger.
    Often, we mix up emotions such as anxiety or anger with hunger. It feels like hunger… but it isn’t.
  • Habits.
    We do many things automatically, such as picking the last tidbit off the kids’ plates as we tidy up dinner, or popping a bite into our mouth as we cook.
  • We’re worried about social consequences.
    We don’t want to say no, make a fuss, or stand out as a “weirdo” at social events with friends and family.
  • Our environment.
    We’re there, and so is the food.

It's natural to avoid all of these discomforts. So we make choices that don't fit with our goals.

We eat because we’re bored, upset, stressed, or simply near tempting food. We eat more than we need because eating to satisfied is challenging.

Commit to the challenge:

  • You’ll be more able to reach your goals.
  • You’ll feel more in control of yourselves and your actions.
  • You'll feel stronger. More courageous.
  • You’ll be proactive rather than reactive

Its not easy to change why you do what you do, BUT commit to the challenge.

To your best health,
Coach Nancy

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