In addition to the ‘when’ and ‘where,’ two other areas regarding your eating behavior must be explored. Take a look at the following questions:
1. How do I eat?
In a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere; on the run and in a rush; in a hand-to-mouth motion with no conscious thought given to taste, enjoyment or fullness?
2. Why do I eat?
Because I am genuinely hungry; or because I’m bored, angry, frustrated, tired, lonely or depressed?
Now that you’ve looked at the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of your eating behaviors, consider the following:
1. How—Eating on the run or while working may keep you from meeting your nutritional needs. What’s more, you may ingest too much or too little. Therefore, try to take a break, relax your mind, nourish your body, then return to the daily grind.
2. Why—Understanding why you eat is critical. You should be eating for nourishment and enjoyment, but not one or the other. Nourishing your body means selecting foods that meet your nutritional requirements and eating when hungry. Enjoyment means eating favorite foods as well as those falling a little lower on your list. When other reasons creep in, such as loneliness, depression or anger, over-eating often results leading to unwanted weight gain and exacerbation of the original negative feelings.
Instead of getting out the list of do’s and don’ts for eating, evaluate your eating behaviors. Start making changes in these areas first, and then we can take a look at what’s on your plate.
Need some help with the “hows” and “whys” of eating? Join us at our next Lose It For Life Weekend.