Getting To the Root of Your Eating Struggles

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There are so many reasons why we struggle with excess weight. Reasons can be anything from emotional, binge or mindless eating, to a lack of pre-planning and understanding about food choices.

While the reasons are so varied, what’s similar to them all is that they are all created by us. The way we eat, the manner in which we eat, the foods we choose and the triggers which encourage us to eat are all very telling. That’s why it’s so helpful to dig deep and understand the who, what, when, where, how and why of your eating habits as the first step to changing the habits which keep you from achieving the body and health that you want.

Ready? Try to find out which of these areas you need to focus on:

Who triggers you to eat (kids, partner, coworker)?

What types of foods are you eating (take-out/prepared/junk food/high fat, high sugar/highly processed)?

When do you have trouble with your choices or portions (late afternoon, evening, when you’re out, alone at home)?

How are you overeating (binge eating, mindless, social, emotional, standing up, grazing, overeating your portions)?

Why are eating (to calm down, self-soothe, numb, stuff your feelings, kill extra time, feel included, etc.)?

By finding out the who, what, when, where, how and why of your eating, you’re in a better position to make positive changes because you’ll become more aware of where your greatest struggles lie. It starts with awareness. The more you know about what makes you do what you do, the more you can change what doesn’t work for you anymore.

Which of these areas do you need to focus on or where have you made positive changes in these areas?

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