Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 60 - Are you an overeater?

Tonight (as usual), I was playing around on Pinterest and looking through my health board.  So often I pin and pin and pin and never go back to actually read any of the pinned articles.  (You know what I'm talking about.)  But  tonight was one of those rare reading nights.  After a conversation with GCGfriend T today and an almost 2 pound loss this week (Yay Me!), I was motivated to look for additional inspiration.  I came across a couple of articles I found interesting.  One in particular talking about "zero-calorie" foods, which I'll talk about on my next post.  Today I want to talk about a different article which stated some reasons we overeat and then share something about each of them.  I suggest you read the article, "10 Shocking Reasons Why You Overeat."

Reason # 1:  You skip breakfast.  
     I've been guilty of this in the past, but have done great since I started this journey.
Reason # 2:  You eat in front of a screen.
     So occasionally we have family picnics in the living room watching a movie...I'm not worried about those.  However, Zapamundo and I often have our phones at the dinner table and while we do have conversations with the kids I do have to believe that with all these things going on our food decisions suffer.  I'd love to be one of those families with a "no electronics at the dinner table" rule. 
Reason # 3:  No portion control.
     Guilty!  I am not good at portion control.  I don't know what my portion sizes should be for a lot of foods.  However, I am hoping that by increasing my produce and eating that first, I won't have to worry so much about it...We'll see, but I have a feeling I'll be changing my tune in the future.
Reason # 4:  Mistaking thirst for hunger.
     This is SOOOO true.  I heard this years ago and try (i said try) to drink some water first when I think I'm hungry at random times of the day.
Reason # 5:  Eating for your partner.
     Read the article to see if this is an issue for you, but I don't think it is for me.
Reason # 6:  Your bowls and plates are too big.
     We used to talk about this in WW all the time.  Trick your brain by using smaller plates.  You'll feel like your eating more if you have a full small plate instead of having it all spread out on a larger plate.  I usually give the kids the small plates and keep the big ones for the adults...I think it's time for a change.
Reason # 7:  You feel guilty.
     Guilty for making mistakes.  I have to say that this is probably what has derailed me so MANY times in the past.  A few mistakes made and "oh whoa is me...the end of the world...can't do anything right...might as well not do it at all"  and then all health efforts are dropped.  This time: so far so good.  I'm taking baby steps and not being hard on myself when I'm not perfect.
Reason # 8:  You never snack.
     Watch out for this one.  Without healthy snacks in the middle of the day you can become ravenous and that seems to make one completely lose their ability to make good food choices.  It's possible that I may be speaking from personal experience here.
Reason # 9:  Overindulging after a workout.
     Don't you just always want to believe that sweating your booty off for 45 minutes is enough to earn you a big piece of cake??  IT'S NOT!  DON'T DO IT!!  Maybe try some fruit or splurge on a homemade smoothie.
Reason #10:  Getting emotional.
     Oh my.  This is probably my biggest issue.  I'd like to say I'm just a stress eater, but that's not true.  Oh trust me, I eat when I'm stressed.  I do.  But I when I'm happy, eat when I'm celebrating, eat when I'm bored, and so many other emotions.  UGH!!!  I hate being an emotional eater.  I need to figure out which emotions most trigger me to eat when I'm not hungry.  And then work on finding a health alternative.

So I hope this gives you something to think about and helps you in your journey to a healthier life.

Today's Win!!
I reached my step-goal with the help of a fun form of exercise:  ice-skating with family and friends!!


  1. i'm also an emotional eater. Been looking at food more as a way to nourish my body versus see and share with my emotions. it's hard to do. i've done this for years, but only now that i'm a bit over 35, is it harder and harder to remove those bulges on my body that are showing what i'm eating. i'm trying to find another way to be one with my emotions...