A lot of people don’t realize just how comforting food has become in our ever day lives. It is important to start watching our daily intake of food, as well as, monitoring how we interact with food when stressed. This could lead to becoming an emotional eater. A lot of people know this fact but don’t address the FAT. However, there are a couple of cues that could signal that you are an “emotion-attached-eater.” Answer the next five questions and see how you sum up:
- Are most or all of your meetings surrounding food?
- Are most of your family celebrations surrounding food?
- Do you need to take excessive breaks during the day for a small snack when stressed?
- Do you have more than one refrigerator in your house?
- Do you have snacks in your backpack, purse or on the back seat of your car?
Now if you answered yes, to at least two of the above, you may want to dig a little deeper to be sure that the Oreo Cookie is not controlling your life. Oftentimes, it is those little things that through us a little off and adds extra pounds. I am a firm believer that you are what you eat and America is now in a “food crisis.” We simply just eat too much.
Take the opportunity to do some self-assessment. This can never really hurt you. After all, many people are fighting hypertension, diabetes and heart disease in our community. Sometimes just starting with a little weekly food log can tell you a lot about your habits and lack of self-control. For example, are you ALWAYS the one eating that last doughnut in the office? Can you resist a small order of McDonald’s fries on s Saturday afternoon? DO you find yourself hanging around late at BBQ’s so you can take a plate home? Is your middle name Tupperware-Annie or the Carryout Queen? All of us have a relative or friend that no matter what the occasion, they have to carry a plate home. Is this the American way or just being greedy?
Now take some time to do a self-inventory. We have got to beat this thing called obesity and living longer and healthier lives.