Friday, January 29, 2010
Should you be replacing food with food?
The meeting topic at weight watchers this week was how to recognize the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. After discussing how to recognize it, the question came up: What should you do when you are not physically hungry but are lonely, stressed, tired, etc?
Person after person suggested the snacks that they go to when they need a low points solution. Apples, popcorn, vegetables, soup...
I sat there thinking: This is why we all need to lose weight. This is why we are all sitting in this room.
To change your mindset and have food stop controlling you, it isn't just a matter of choosing a different food. When you don't physically need to eat, food is not the solution. It doesn't matter if all you're eating is celery. You are still eating it to fill a void that food can't fill. That piece of celery won't do much damage to your waistline, but you haven't accomplished anything in dealing with why you need to eat. You are playing a game, not changing your habits.
I don't think the solution to this problem is the same for everyone. Some things that I find help are to journal, blog, exercise, or do crafts. Get some me time, go take a bath, go for a walk, or paint your nails. Some of these things will work for some people, some of the time.
But, I do know what the solution is not. The solution is not to eat. It doesn't matter what you are eating.
What are things that you do when you aren't hungry but feel like eating?
And, my weekly news. Yesterday I weighed in at 236.0 pounds, for a weekly loss of 2.6 and a total loss of 7.8!