100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS--DAY 28
MONDAY JANUARY 28,2013
EATING BECAUSE IT'S THERE
As you walk past your friend's desk at work, you grab a handful of corn chips and munch away. You do the same thing with doughnuts at the bank or the free samples at the grocery store. Durning
an afternoon meeting, you eat cookies along with everyone else.
Later, you join your friends for a popcorn and soda break.
In all of these situations, you probably weren't hungry.
You also weren't having any big psychological needs. You simply ate because the food was there.
When you grab food because it's in front of you, you're not tring to appreciate flavors. In fact, most likely you already know how the food will taste,and often you don't even pay much attention to it.
STOP AUTOMATIC EATING
To stop this autopilot eating, tell yourself this magic line:
I don't eat food just because it's there
Then catch yourself during those times when you reach for food simply because it came into your line of vision.
To use this concept effectively, you have to be willing to let food opportunities pass you by. Just because someone brings doughnuts to a staff meeting or serve cookies at a gathering doesn't mean you have to eat them.
The same is true of chips or appetizers at a happy-hour party.
Remind yourself that you don't have to eat those foods just because they happen to be there.
Learn how to ignore food instead of chasing it. For example, practice walking past the doughnut box ir the grocery-store samples without taking even a small taste. Do the same thing with hot dogs
at the hardware store,popcorn at work, and the dish of candy on your mom's end table. Even if it looks good, skip eating food that simply shows up in front of you.
Anytime you're around tempting food, remind yourself that you eat for two reasons:
1:To fuel your body
2:To appereciate flavors
But you do not eat just because the food is there. You'll be amazed how much your eating patterns will improve as a result of using this simple rule.
**In your journal, write the phrase, "I don't eat food just because it's there." Then write the same
words on sticky nots and post them any place you need reminders.
****I DON'T EAT FOOD JUST BECAUSE IT'S THERE
I DON'T EAT FOOD JUST BECAUSE IT'S THERE
**Memorize this phrase, focus on it, and integrate it into your day.
**When tempting snack shows up unexpectedly, quickly remind yourself of your policy, and the
walk away from the food.
~~I got notes on a bowl of walnuts and peanut butter cookies here at the house. I am doing good I
haven't had any.