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Personally, I’m not a fan of the current methods to avoid stress eating/binging etc.
While taking deep breaths or going for a walk/job are overall the healthiest and most effective solutions…
…these methods only work for a small population of individuals with superhero level self-control and discipline.
For the rest of us, you and myself sometimes, these methods never work.
That’s why my goal for Monday articles is to provide methods that are both fair and firm, allowing you to satisfy yourself AND feel less guilty.
FINDING THE WORST FOOD
When we binge, it’s usually with the same foods.
Take a second and identify the 3 usual suspects that you reach for when it’s binge time.
Mine are Peanut Butter Cookies, Trader Joe’s cereal bars and Ferrero Rocher.
Don’t be ashamed if your list is something like Doritos, Snickers and Hot Pockets. Out of all the people that eat those foods, you’re the one reading this article!
Once you have a good idea of what those foods, I want you to think of the worst one.
In my case, it’s the Peanut Butter Cookies and in yours, probably the Doritos.
MAKING A LIST
Now that we know Peanut Butter Cookies and Doritos are the worst, let’s finish the list.
In order from worst to “least bad”, our lists will look something like this:
- Peanut Butter Cookies. Doritos.
- Ferrero Rocher. Hot Pockets.
- Trader Joe’s Cereal Bars. Snickers.
NOTE – I ranked the foods based on quantity and health risks.
You can rank your foods based on different qualities. For example, if you’re worried weight gain, then rank them by calories.
Or if you’re aware that certain foods make you feel a certain way or have an effect on your health, write it down and rank them based on that.
Keep in mind, the more conscious you are of the health risks, the less you’ll eat!
THE NEXT WORST THING
Our goal is simple: avoid the Doritos and choose Hot Pockets instead.
Or in my case, ignore the Peanut Butter Cookies and enjoy some Ferrero Rocher.
One way or another, it is a healthy decision. If it isn’t that you’re consuming less calories, then at least the food itself is healthier.
NOTE – Doritos, Hot Pockets and Snickers are an extreme example and any difference in nutritional value is negligible.
Regardless of how small an improvement this’ll be to your diet or to your discipline, any change in your life (such as going healthy) becomes easier with smaller steps.
Avoiding number 1 on your list is a small sacrifice yet a sacrifice nonetheless. Eventually, you’ll learn that with every sacrifice comes a reward and in this method, the reward is less guilt the following day as well as more pride.
I don’t know about you, but less guilt is motivation enough for me!
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