The One Question to Ask Yourself If You Regularly Overeat

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I’m an emotional eater. If I’m stressed, I reach for food. If I’m sad, I reach for food. Hell, if I’m happy, I reach for food then too!

All my life, I’ve used food to soothe my emotions and cope with tough situations. I’ve also used it to celebrate my victories, as a sort of reward. For me, food has helped me through it all.

But one day recently, when thinking about what drives me to overeat and, perhaps more importantly, how I can change so I don’t instantly run to food whenever life happens, I came up with a question that helped me understand more about my relationship. And it is a question I would like to ask you…

If life were exactly the way you wanted it, would you still eat the way you eat now?

The reason I believe this question is helpful is because it brings to the forefront the areas of your life that tend to drive you to want to overeat.

For instance, when I thought about my answer, I realized that when work slows down more than I’m comfortable with or for extended periods of time, I will make more mid-day trips to the kitchen to ease my anxiety and calm my fear.

This tells me that I need to find other ways to deal with these emotions if I want to curb my overeating so I can achieve and maintain a healthy weight (which is realistically about 20 pounds less than where I am now).

One alternative would be to go for a walk to clear my head. The good thing about this option is that this is also typically when I come up with my best ideas…ideas that can help me reduce the impact of these lulls.

Or maybe I could use my free time to research more ways to grow my business. The wonderful thing about this is that it could help solve the issue that is causing me anxiety to begin with! Because here’s the thing…

Food will never solve a non-food issue.

Let me say that again…

Food will never solve a non-food issue.

So, if I (or you) want to overcome overeating, it’s going to involve coming up with new ways to resolve the things that typically drive us to eat, eat, and continue to eat some more.

What do you think? What are some situations that seem to always send you to food? And what are some things you can do instead that are healthier and don’t involve eating? Try to come up with at least 2 or 3.

Building your grit requires taking an honest, in-depth look at areas of your life that are stopping you from reaching your goals and finding ways to improve them.

This is just one I wanted to bring up because it’s an area that I still struggle with from time to time. So, I thought that maybe you do too…

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