Does it sometimes seem like food can be an answer to everything? Had a hard day at work? Why not relax with some creamy pasta? Have something to celebrate? A dinner out is always nice. A heartbreak or disappointment isn’t fixed, but might be comforted with a bowl of ice cream in front of the TV. If you’re tired, sugar is easy to reach for, and munching on candy is a great way to distract yourself or just get through the work you don’t want to be doing. Got stress? You might not even realize that you reached for the snacks until the bowl or the bag is almost empty.
Yep, for many women with a lot going on, food becomes a convenient, easy, low-maintenance band aid for whatever needs attending to.
So what happens when you want to change that?
Here’s the interesting thing. The biggest mistake that most people make when they want to stop overeating is that they focus their efforts on . . . the food. They develop a plan of what and when and how much they will eat. That’s how diets work (or actually—don’t work—but that’s another story).
You see the problem don’t you? If food is the answer to everything and you take food out of the equation, than you are still left without an answer.
If you are eating for the wrong reasons, the only way to make a change that is satisfying and lasting is to find other answers, solutions or strategies that address those reasons. Preferably ones that work better, address the real problem, and aren’t only a band aid.
This blog series will address the concept of making peace with food and the impact that it has on many aspects of life.
Take good care,