I’m sure many of you feel this way about food. Here is an eye opening article about our relationship with food and why we eat. enjoy! xo Marta
When I Eat, It Often Has Nothing to Do With Hunger by Jessica Wolf
Like most people, I eat for lots of different reasons, many of them habitual rather than conscious. Once I began to notice why I was eating — even if I didn’t do anything different — those unconscious habits became something I felt like I had more control over. I estimate that twenty percent of my food intake is a direct result of hunger. The rest is a result of many other things:
Needing Comfort: Whether I’m seeking relief from general anxiety or from a tough day, food has always been my go-to soother. During my second challenge, I began to ask myself, “Why does your life require so much soothing, and is there anything you can do about that?” Sometimes the answer was no. But other times, I learned if I merely said “no” to things I didn’t want to do in the first place, I was far less compelled to numb myself with food. Plus, when I started to notice that all I was looking for was comfort, a cup of chai tea started to soothe me nearly as effectively as a chocolate chip cookie once had.
Boredom or Procrastination: If I have to work on something tedious or difficult, all of a sudden I’m “starving” and can’t possibly do another thing before eating. Knowing this is my M.O., I now might delay eating lunch on days I have a difficult assignment. I’ll still use food to avoid work, but I no longer eat a whole second meal in the process. I’ve also diversified, procrastinating by running errands or playing online Scrabble rather than mindless snacking.
Celebration or Opportunity: Before the Challenge, if I was at a party or out to dinner, I considered it my civic duty to taste every single thing that was available. Now, social events are about the people, not the food. If I’m out with friends and I start eating things I know are going to make me feel awful, it’s usually because I’m anxious or tired. Just knowing this makes healthy food choices easier.
Cravings: Those unrelenting, unwelcome bugaboos of virtuous eating. I recently read somewhere that when we crave a particular food, we are actually craving something deeper. That may or may not feel true for you, but I have found that when I crave chocolate, my body is usually satisfied with fat. Meaning, a small handful of almonds can calm most of my cravings. And if one handful doesn’t, I have another. In fact, the more healthy fat I have in my diet, the less I crave anything.
Transition: This was my biggest a-ha! discovery. I would walk into my house, having just come from a restaurant dinner, and the first thing I’d do was make myself a snack. What?! I wasn’t hungry — in fact, I was often stuffed. But I needed transition time — a little respite that said, “I used to be out in the world and now I’m at home.” Years ago, when I was a cigarette smoker, lighting up would be my transition time. Having a cigarette would signify the end of one thing and the beginning of something new. I don’t have a new Transition Activity, and sometimes I still reach for food when I arrive home, but I now transition with an apple or carrot sticks, rather than the bag of tortilla chips. And since I’m not hungry, they serve the exact same purpose.
5 rounds of:
20 Backsquat at 60% of 1 rep max
20 box jumps
20 pull ups