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How to take control of comfort eating

So I was chatting to one of the ladies on our Fit For Life Programme the other day about

comfort eating..

It’s probably the number one thing the ladies say they struggle with when they come to me…

They know what to do.

They know why they want to do it…

But this still doesn’t stop them making

excuses and doing anything but the thing they want to do…

be it having control of eating OR exercising..

Anyway…

She was saying that it usually happens in the evening.

after dinner

bit of boredom sets in.

she sits down for the first time..

stressful day…

maybe the wine comes out, too..

And before you know it…

the crisps are out and it’s F it…

what’s the point.. ‘I’m rubbish’…

But the thing is..

She has a learned behaviour to turn to crisps after a long day…

When she is feeling good and has loads of willpower…she does NOT eat crisps..

(no one messes up their ‘diet’ at breakfast, right? it’s not that common to eat chocolate cake for breakfast…and think ‘why did I do that…?”)

So the association she has learned is:

Stress …tired = eat crisps..

And – stress – isn’t going anywhere..

That’s life..

So this might seem a bit strange…

But – and the research backs this up- what if you had this so-called ‘bad’ food

when you were having a good day?

When you were more in control?

Would you enjoy it more?

Savour it ?

Rather than it be some restrictive REACTION

where you now eat it whilst beating yourself up about it?