Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Don't Binge

You've had a rough day and the only thing that could possibly help you feel better is a tub of ice cream. Or so you think. In actuality, there’s a little voice inside your head that says, “Hey you! Gorging yourself on double-dutch chocolate chip ice cream isn't going to do you any good right now or in the future.” I know… I’ve been guilty of strangling that little voice to silence, too.

We all know that while in the comfort of your own home, it's easy to eat whatever you want whenever you want. And, being human, giving into these urges on occasion can be psychologically beneficial. However, it is extremely important to learn to identify what causes you to eat unhealthy foods or unhealthy amounts of food.

That would be the first step in the process of modifying your behavior when you are confronted with your “comfort food” trigger. If coming home from work is usually followed by an hour on the couch, with a large bag of Dorito’s chips in hand, then perhaps it’s time to re-consider your post-work routine.

Change is good. So when you first get home, refuse to hit the couch. Instead, get out of your work clothes, and take a long relaxing shower or bath. Take the time to relax your mind, plan your dinner and let go of the day’s troubles.

Another alternative would be to get to the gym or go for a walk around the neighborhood. In any case, the emphasis should be placed on changing the reaction you have to the stress life throws at you. Changing your mindset takes time and dedication, but putting “taking care of yourself” first on your to-do list is vital to your long-term health and happiness.

Go – Live Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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