I took a poll recently on our Am I Hungry? Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AmIHungry): "What are your top three triggers for overeating?" See if your top three triggers made the list here: http://www.eatwhatyoulovelovewhatyoueat.com/2013/03/what-are-the-most-common-triggers-for-overeating.html.
Not surprisingly, stress and boredom tied for first place. What's interesting is that stress and boredom are opposites - too much and not enough. As humans, we tend to struggle with extremes.
If you're in the habit of using food in an attempt to find balance--calm you down or pick you up, distract you or entertain you--then mindfulness can provide you with an alternative way to find the balance you seek.
What is Stress?
Stress is your body’s response to an event or situation that is threatening, overwhelming, or harmful—whether real or perceived. That is a critical point because much of the stress people experience results from their perception of a situation. That's good news because that means that you can change your perception and change your level of stress.
Stress Management 101
When you’re experiencing stress, your impulse might be to power through, freak out, or stick your head in the sand (procrastinating, eating, drinking—you get the idea). As we've all noticed, behaviors such as busyness, overworking, smoking, overeating, drinking alcohol to excess, isolation, and taking our frustration out on others, perpetuate the stress reaction.
Habits Depend on Mindlessness
Since our habits depend on our mindlessness, then the corollary is that awareness is the first step to making a change. Chances are, if you have one trigger, you have dozens - but you are NOT powerless over food. That is where Am I Hungry? comes in!
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Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!
Michelle May, M.D.