We tend to let our emotions dictate how we perceive food. This is true, that is why there is food labelled comfort food. We all have our own comfort food. It may be something as simple as chocolate or milk and cookies or it may be a full blown lasagne meal. In any case moderation is the key to keeping this little demon under control.
We first need to find what are triggers are to recognize when we do it. What we reach for and why were doing it. If you can get this part of the equation in par then the rest with work will fall into place.
Step one what are our triggers.
It is important that you have an idea of what the day is planned out for food to be able to see when we do the extra reach, so when you are doing your regular meals and out side of that food listing you reach for something you need to think am I really hunger or why am I reaching for more food. How do I feel at this moment what is happening right now in my life this second. You need to record this over a week or month period. This then you can look over or best case scenario take it to a registered dietician or a nutrition Advisers to assist you in reading what is going on in there (meaning what is the trigger).
Step two give time to reflect
Now that you recognize that when you reaching it could be emotional that is causing this snacking, you want to be able to decipher the difference. One way is to first take a glass of water drink it down and tell your self if your still think your hunger 15 minutes later you can have something. First this helps take your mind of what might be the emotional trigger for a few minutes it also cures a thirst which might simple be the issue and third but not last it also gives you time to plan out a far better food choice than one you might have chosen before.
Step three don’t deprive yourself
You do not want to total deprive yourself of your comfort food remember we tend to be all or nothing in many parts of our lives and we do need to learn a balance in every aspect. Food is a good start. If there is something you really love and know that this is not the best food choose allow yourself to have this food in moderation such as a normal or reduces portion size twice a month then you do not feel cheated and will not binge on it later with no ability to control what is going in.
Remember little steps make a big difference, have a long term goal. Be Fit. Be Sexy. Be Aradia.