Sunday, February 27, 2011

No Idleness = No snacking, Balance Challenge #6 Results

Did you know that over 300 new junk foods are introduced each year, compared to a mere 10 new healthy foods? Do the math and you can see why America has an obesity epidemic! Which leads me to conclude that Balance Challenge #6 – No Snacking – was definitely a challenge. My biggest obstacle to eating healthy was overcoming bad snacking habits. I replaced my love of sugar with an apple and orange juice! By day five, I was feeling much better and over my case of The Fats, losing two pounds of what I am sure was alcohol and junk-food bloat. I found two helpful tips to avoid Bad Snacking habits and will share them in the event you are out of balance in the eating department. They are simple, as most good solutions are:

1. Identify why you snack
2. Find an alternative

When you know the reason why you snack, it is easier to avoid it. For me I learned boredom and being tired led to snacking; it had nothing to do with my being hungry. When I realized that this is an example of emotional eating, I found ways to overcome it. I made a list of things to do to replace the habit of snacking, like napping, journaling or going to Bible Life Coaching with Sheri Rose Shepherd that I am participating in for six weeks. Simply put, I kept busy. I’m creating three DVD photo projects (a mini-side business of mine) and this helped immensely. Admittedly, it was hard to allow myself to take naps because there is an inner voice in me that says I must always be productive; go, go, go! So, I told that voice to shut up and crawled on the couch as needed for some shut eye. What a difference! When I awoke, the desire to snack was gone, plus I was refreshed and ready to plug on with my day.

The thought of not snacking was not appealing at first, but once I got used to it (mostly sweets), the craving disappeared. When I did get the munchies I made sure I had an alternative quickly at hand, like cut-up veggies in the fridge. Does this mean I can never snack again on junk food? Absolutely not! Moderation is key. Again the Greek Motto “Know thyself and Nothing in Excess” seems to be the simple answer to hopping off the unhealthy bandwagon of overeating and drinking. When I stepped back to see what I really wanted was not food, I allowed myself to feel the unpleasant feelings inside me. Okay, I did not like this part but I saw the anxiety through with a food journal instead of chowing, keeping busy and I found myself praying more when I felt weak. The results? Feeling closer and more dependent on God, physically back in balance and I can breathe in my jeans. Success!

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

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