How Can I Stop Overeating?
Since we are complex creatures with our own unique stories, this important question does not have a one-size-fits-all answer. Happily though, there are some proven helps that we can begin to use right now:
Do one thing first, before you go eat emotionally. When you feel driven to crazy-eat, pick one thing to do before you run to food. This often breaks the compulsive spell. Take a 10 minute walk. Breathe deeply for 3 minutes while relaxing your body. Listen to 3 of your favorite songs. Dance too. Go water some plants…whatever is pleasant and engaging for you.
Stop starving yourself. Deprivation is bad for humans. It leads to bingeing on large amounts of food you would not ordinarily consume if you did not feel deprived.
Let your body lead. Tune your ear to your brilliant body's needs. Is it thirsty or restless or low on energy? How can you best meet these needs?
Feed yourself when you're physically hungry. Stop eating when your stomach is not hunger any more. Just try it for 90 days and see what happens.*
Don’t go it alone. Find a buddy, a group, a coach. We humans rarely make big changes alone; it’s not how we’re wired. We go farther and enjoy it a whole lot more when we travel with others.
Get that no-ceiling feeling. Get out from under your roof and take a walk with your eyes to the sky while breathing deeply and swinging your arms. Think on nothing troubling while you do this. Don't roll your eyes until you've tried it.
One small respite a day. Remember who you are and what you want, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We can almost always make time for this and the payoff is HUGE over time. 20 minutes of quiet time, morning walk, reflection, relaxing music, meditation, drawing… whatever refreshes you. If you only have 5 minutes – take it.
Yep, I know, we long for some new secret plan or miracle answer - but there is no magic bullet.
The truth is, living well in your body and mind comes from living well in your body and mind.
The change we want will come from doing and thinking in new ways - not the same old tired ones.
Do these things for three months. I dare you. Don't think about it - don't question it. Just do it.
It will work - and it will work for YOU.
*There are some rare issues that can impede one’s ability to hear hunger and fullness signals. When this is the case, there are ways to figure out fuel needs and meet them. There is always a way through.
Thanks for the fun photo Andre Furtado!