RULE: Think First

So, we’ve already discussed that there many reasons we eat.  Most often, it is NOT because we are hungry.  It’s because we are at a social outing, we’re nervous, we’re bored, we’re thirsty, we’re lonely, we’re still bored, we’re curious, we want to feel good…the list goes on.  So, another version of the  “Would I eat an apple?” RULE is the following exercise.

think first

Before you eat something, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

1. Am I hungry? check in. Are you nervously cramming food in the cake hole because you don’t know what to say or do?

2. Is this what I want? or could a glass of water, a distracting activity or a hug do the trick?

3. Is there something else I could eat? like not a bowl of bar nuts, perhaps a well-balanced meal instead.

If you’re craving something salty, could you have edemame or all natural popcorn instead of a plate of chili fries? Maybe you’re just stressed and a yoga class or a brisk walk would get you back to baseline.  Figure out ways to manage your emotions that don’t involve chewing.  Your thighs (and heart) will thank you!

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