If weight management were just about calories in and calories out, it would be easy. It's not easy. If eating were simply about fueling our bodies, we would simply eat what we need. Nothing about it is simple. I'm an eater. I can eat my husband under the table any night of the week. And the truth is, we eat for a lot of different reasons.
I recently heard a great acronym, and who doesn't love an acronym, to help determine why you're about to eat. Checking in with your feelings is a great thing to do, and then you may need to redirect your actions. Let's check in:
- F - Frustrated
- L - Lonely
- A - Angry
- B - Bored
Take a walk, sip a cup of tea, read a book, put hand lotion on, call a friend, or paint your nails. It is really hard to eat chips out of a bag with wet nails. Learning to check your feelings and redirect your actions is key to controlling mindless emotional eating.
I keep my emotional eating in check by knowing my triggers, keeping my stress in balance, and by maintaining my schedule. That goes for sleep schedule, eating schedule - all of that. What will you do to keep your FLAB in check?