Coping with food.

Sometimes food is used as a tool for coping and you may not even recognize this is the case. I previously discussed the difference between emotional hunger and true hunger. Emotional hunger is more likely to lead to negatively coping with food. Coping with food can lead to weight gain, poor health, lethargy, low mood, … Continue reading Coping with food.

Values.

Many things get in the way of us understanding or living by our personal values. It takes confidence to live according to your own values, when those around you may think you should live another way. And, unfortunately, people tend to like getting into other people’s lives and telling them how they should live… parents, … Continue reading Values.

Coping.

Here is a long list of coping/distraction techniques. Read through them, write down ones you may consider, or print out and check them off. Refer to this when you are feeling down, bored, or tempted to eat! Healthy coping and distraction are a must for getting through some tough moments on this journey! http://www.lmgroeszpsychotherapy.com/uploads/9/7/5/2/9752967/big_list_of_activities.pdf If you … Continue reading Coping.

Set realistic goals.

Set goals based on healthy behaviors, not related to weight or size. Weight loss, weight maintenance, and improved physical and psychological health are natural byproducts of healthy behavior!! In my obesity-related research, I found that self-efficacy is the number one predictor of starting and maintaining behavior change. We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we … Continue reading Set realistic goals.