Recently sent an email to a friend, and said to her, “My goal today, as most days, is to try not to eat too much. I have a lot of healthy food in the house right now, and sometimes that is dangerous.” To which she replied, “How do you keep yourself from eating too much food?”
So I’ve been thinking about that for a couple of days. Here are some of the things I came up with.
- Get enough sleep. Studies show that this helps to curb hunger.
- Spend some time with God. The day is ALWAYS better when this comes first.
- Get outside and take a good walk. Many days I am resistant to this. If Noah weren’t around, I’m not sure how much walking would get done. But what I was thinking about today was that taking a long vigorous walk elevates my mood. Whether its the sunshine, the fresh air, or the actual exercise I don’t know. But I usually don’t get so down in the dumps if I’ve had a good walk. (Down in the dumps = possible need for comfort food.)
- Keep on top of my finances. Live without debt. I know. This is a weird one. But I’m just thinking of things that used to make me anxious. (Anxious = definite need for comfort food.)
- As much as is possible, live in peace with everyone. I bet you’re surprised this is ever a problem for me. But having unresolved conflict can be a major source of anxiety for me. Usually it is more of an undercurrent, but it can definitely trigger the ‘need’ for food.
- Have a plan for the day. Keep busy. Of course I am talking about the days I spend at home. The keep busy is not just housework. For me it is gardening, quilting (duh) and blogging (double duh!)
- Eat a good breakfast. I used to be someone who was proud that they didn’t eat until 1pm. Yeah, that worked to keep me at 257 pounds for a LONG time. Now I think of breakfast as my most ‘luxurious’ meal of the day.
- Choose wisely. By now I know what foods will satisfy me (meaning I enjoy them plus I know that they will nourish me and keep me satiated for a longer period of time.)
- Think ahead. I will think ahead to the next meal, or sometimes plan out the whole day’s menu. If I know I am going to have a sweet snack in the afternoon, I am more likely to skip the sweet snack in the morning.
- Be flexible. If lunchtime comes , and what I have planned no longer appeals to me, I change my plans.
- Stop when you are full. Hmmm. This can be a hard one for me. Easier to start with small portions. But sometimes if I realize I have more food than I need in front of me, I will get up immediately and put part of the food away, then go back and finish the rest of the meal. Again, this is just what works for me.
That’s all I got for now. What do you do to keep from eating too much?
Some pictures from the evening walk.