Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 54- Eating to Feel Better

From 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle-

"If I eat something, maybe I'll feel better."
"If you are tired because your body needs fuel, eating probably will make you feel better."
"Make sure that you can recognize the difference between fuel needs and wanting an emotional fix."

Ask yourself- "Why are you tired?"

"Instead of reaching for food. Try these non-food methods for boosting your energy."-

1. Move your body- take a walk, hoola-hoop, take a bike ride instead of sitting down when you are tired. I just start putting away laundry or picking up things around the house then I feel like I accomplished something and I got my body moving.
2. Get some rest- lay down and take a 20 minute nap. If you are tired then go to bed early and rest! I feel better when I take a "cat" nap.
3. Distract yourself- Keep your mind off how you feel until you are ready to deal with it. Read a book, go shopping or like me pick up a new instrument to learn- I started the ukulele as a way to forget my troubles for a moment and I always feel better when I play. I don't play well yet and I may never play well, but I have found something that brings me joy.

One thing I will do for myself-

Create an instant energy plan for myself using activities and fuels that will reenergize me and revive me.



Jackie said...

Distraction is a good plan when tempted to reach for a no-no snack. I recent got a Native American flute to distract myself and it works when I remember to pick it up and give it a try. Good luck with your plan.

Chubby McGee said...

I would killlllll to take a nap. Any time. Any day. Never can. *sobs* :(

But I always seem to find time to either distract myself (cleaning house is pretty darn clean now that I'm losing weight. LOL!) or to work out a bit.

I love that you post these points and tips and such. They're GREAT!

Mer and Mo said...

Always at the ready to give us good tips - thanks Mer!!

Mer and Mo said...

@Jackie- Cool that you have a Native American flute! Distraction is the best way for food to stay away!
@Chubby McGee- I know I rarely get naps, but when I do I feel better. Now, I just go to sleep earlier. It is all going to be there tomorrow anyways!
@Mo- Tip away. The jar is out. ha-ha! Seriously, the 100 Days of Weight Loss book is awesome. Everyone needs to read it for themselves! Just reading my tips only gets at the tip of the iceberg. You have to use your own magic notebook and get at the root of your own emotional food issues.