Sunday, February 27, 2011
No Idleness = No snacking, Balance Challenge #6 Results
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.