Overeating is a problem for many of us at one time or another in life. You recognize the experience – opening the refrigerator to graze even if you’re not hungry; opening a bag of nuts to have a few, and snapping out of a bout of unconscious eating to discover you’ve devoured the entire bag!
Eating when you’re not hungry is signaling the need for something, just not food! It can be a way of repressing unwanted feelings, or of procrastinating. In order to avoid overeating we have to first identify why we’re doing it. Here are some suggestions for helping you do just that.
1. Find your triggers
When you find yourself ready to attack the contents of your refrigerator, stop and try to assess what triggered this reaction. Did you have a stressful day at work? Did someone offend you? Do you need to have an important conversation with someone, but feel unable?