Do certain foods trigger overeating? If so, do you keep them out of the house and avoid them at all costs for preventative measures? Or do you keep them on hand to curb cravings and lightly indulge more often? Write about how both could be beneficial to your eating habits.
For me, it’s not so much certain foods as much as certain emotions. If I’m feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, I’ll eat anything and everything. If I happen to have my favorite foods on hand, those will be the first to go. Without those options, I find that my periods of emotional eating are somewhat curtailed.
That said, if I don’t keep my favorites on hand, I find myself frustrated immediately. I don’t like feeling restricted in any capacity, so making a point not to have certain foods in the house induces a sense of lack in me. It’s some sort of “what if I never have it again?” reaction. Which, in turns, makes me feel pretty anxious.
Over the years, I’ve found some sort of middle ground. I try not to keep too much junk on hand – mostly because it means I probably have less nutrient-rich food available, just based on space and budget – but enough to feel satisfied and incorporate it into my diet regularly. This allows me to focus on good foods that fuel me and my workouts, without feeling restricted in any capacity. It also allows me to let loose sometimes or completely ignore sugary sweets since I know they’ll be there for me later.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.