Women: Are you overeating because of stress?
Are you reaching for sugary treats to get you through the day? Do you find you have no time to stick to a healthy eating plan?
You are not alone! Many women are in the same boat as you.
We women have a bad habit of putting everyone else’s needs before our own. Duties as a mother, wife, partner, friend, sister, employee or business owner always seem to take precedence. At the end of the day, there is no energy for exercise or healthy eating. So we grab something sugary to eat and pour a glass of wine for gratification. Afterwards we feel hollow and guilty.
But, you can change this cycle! Here is how…
- Sort out your relationship with food
You should not eat for comfort, you don’t need food to fill a void. Most of us know that food is not the answer to emotional issues, but sometimes it is really hard to break the cycle.
Instead of reaching for a snack automatically, take a moment to stop and think. Decide if you are actually hungry, or if something else is causing you to eat.
Are you being effected by an emotion? If so, then let it out. Let yourself be mad for several minutes. If crying it out will help, then cry.
Once you have processed your emotion, take some deep breaths and reassess your hunger. It’s very likely that you won’t be hungry any more.
- Sort out your relationship with exercise
The thought of exercise can be scary. Will I get hurt? Will people judge me for my body shape?
We often tell ourselves that we don’t have time in the day to exercise and use that as an excuse to avoid it. But that excuse is often hiding other fears. You can conquer these fears and make exercise a part of your regular routine.
There are so many ways to get active and burn some calories. You could walk, run, swim, play a sport, go to the gym, attend group fitness classes. The possibilities are endless. Pick the activities that you enjoy so that exercise does not seem like a chore.
Your schedule is crazy busy, so work out when you can fit exercise in. Write it in your diary if it helps. But pick a suitable time and commit to it. Maybe first thing in the morning before everyone gets up, hit the gym on your lunch break or wind down at the end of the day with some yoga.
What You Can Do:
Avoid quick solutions: The Juice Cleanse, the Soup Diet, the Lemon Detox, even programs with ready made meals. You may lose weight using these programs, but as you are not modifying your underlying eating habits the weight will come back on over time.
Don’t go shopping when you are hungry: Going to the supermarket when you are hungry causes you to buy things you wouldn’t normally. You are also more likely to grab a snack to satisfy that hunger.
Make a Meal Plan: At the start of every week, sit down and plan out what you will have for each meal. Make a shopping list of the things you will need to make those meals and only buy those ingredients.
Become accountable: Share your journey with people, they will support and cheer you on. Get the family involved in making healthy and delicious meals. Exercise with a friend, or have a buddy that keeps you honest and on track. Group fitness can be great for making friends and keeping each other accountable.
Just remember: You can’t take care of others properly if you don’t take care of yourself first!