In addition to working on the tough emotional issues, I rigidly record my calories and very seldom veer from my healthy eating patterns that I have developed. I do not let others influence or pressure me to eat anything that I do not want to eat. I began to place importance on the company at an event rather than the food that was being served.
The message to self soothe with high fat, high carb comfort foods is everywhere, but the bottom line is you can’t use food to soothe your emotions AND lose weight.
Living with a chronic dieter means facing feelings of helplessness with regards to their sabotaging and harmful behaviors. Spouses must face their fears of the consequences that are likely to occur if their soul mate isn’t able to reach and maintain a healthy weight. What should you do? What shouldn’t you do?
Counting her calories proved to be the magic bullet. ”Being mindful of all of your calories really does work,”’ she said.
If you put exercising, eating only what you’d planned, and managing your stress in the ‘no choice’ category you take away the inner struggle.
When you find yourself saying, “It’s okay because….” you may be on a slippery slope. With practice you can learn to identify your harmful thoughts and replace them with helpful thoughts.