TrimDownClub, January 23, 2013
The combination of eating all types of food and maintaining your weight doesn’t sound very reasonable, but when you reach a point of awareness about your choices of food, things have a way of working themselves out, and so does our weight.
It’s the middle of the day in the office. One employee is cranky after an argument with her boss and rushes to the vending machine to grab some comfort food to help her relax. The employee next to her is exhausted after staying up all night with her baby, and she’s taking comfort in a bag of pretzels. Another worker loves his biscuits alongside his coffee (which he finished drinking a while ago) but the biscuits are still around, and their colleague takes pride in her cut up carrots that she prepared at home, but is getting on everyone’s nerves with the noises she makes while chewing them. Sounds familiar? As it turns out, quite often people eat even though they’re not even hungry, and snacking is a result of something that is most commonly not hunger-related.
In many cases people eat in order to get over a certain uncomfortable feeling such as anger, sadness, etc. People also have a hard time accepting the fact that they can keepthe uncomfortable emotion and would prefer to look for an immediate solution. It is a fact that the feeling would go away on its own even without immediately searching for food.
Eating through your subconscious
On the other hand, you can decide to take a different approach to relax, but it is important to understand that being an emotional eater isn’t a terrible thing, as long as you do it out of choice and you’re not harming a balanced diet and are able to maintain your desired weight.
And if you thought you were in charge of choosing what to eat, just because you “feel like it”, it turns out that many of our actions, eating being one of them, are connected to our subconscious, habits and acquired behaviors.
A movie portraying a sad girl after a break up sitting in her bed with a bucket of ice cream in her lap makes people understand that eating comfort food is acceptable and normal. However, when this turns into a pattern repeating itself it is vital to pay attention to it and ask ourselves what we want out of the food and what need is it fulfilling, and obviously does it take care of whatever it is that’s bothering us.
In most cases when people want to lose weight they give up certain foods that are considered fattening and assume that it’s the way to achieve their desired weight, but the result is to find them hanging around the kitchen too often.
Instead of avoiding certain types of food it’s better to get “used” to them, and insert them as a part of your daily routine. When you decide to give up certain foods all you’re really doing is thinking about food. It’s better to decide how much to eat rather than whether or not to eat at all. Another common mistake is people’s self-castigation – saying things like – why did I eat that, I am such a cow, why can’t I control myself etc. It’s vital to clean up the criticism and look at the facts without self-inflicting.
And what happens when you’re straightening the cake’s corners or looking for something sweet?
It is important to eat in an organized, yet free manner and not have bites of this and that and finish what’s on the children’s plate. Also, if every day at three in the afternoon you’re at work and you find yourself looking for something sweet, it’s important to understand if this is due to boredom or you just wanting to go home already, or if there is in fact a real need for something sweet. Where there’s understanding, there’s choice.
It is very important to be aware of your feelings and choices – why am I eating? Out of hunger or any other reason?
You are free to eat anything when the body signals it’s hungry. Of course it’s important to maintain reasonable amounts regulated by a feeling of fullness, and even if you paid for food in a restaurant and are full at some point, you don’t have to finish it just because it was paid for. The secret is to understand what works best for you and eat accordingly.