HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE
Health at Every Size - these are the buzz words around the internet these days. Are you healthy? Do you want to be healthier?
What is health? The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Being healthier doesn't mean losing weight. To you it might mean:
- eating better (such as reducing processed foods)
- exercising/moving more
- stopping smoking
- working on that depression
We are very happy to announce that we have a Registered Dietician on staff who will be writing our Health At Every Size series as well as answering a reader's question each month. You can read about Shari's philosophy and experience on our staff page. If you have a question for Shari, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.
Mindless Grazing: why does it plague you?
If you had to choose one single word to describe grazing, what would it be? Comforting, perhaps? (Write that down.) And if you were to transition from grazing to regular, scheduled meals, how would the mere thought of doing so feel like? Scary? (Again, write that down.)
By now you're probably thinking: 'what's with all the questions? Just tell me how to stop grazing already!'
Well, the thing is, only YOU know why you graze. What this implies is that YOU hold the key to unlocking and dismantling your grazing issue. So in this article, instead of giving you a 'to-do' list of things to stop grazing, we'll start by exploring why you graze in the first place. Because if you really want to quit grazing, you first have to pin-point what exactly makes you munch mindlessly. (So that you can come up with your own to-do list.)
Is it because:
- You've got a really stressful life or job and munching is your quintessential distraction? I totally get it: your work or events in your life take a great toll on you and at times it's easier to plow in a bag of cookies than to find yet another solution to whatever drama is happening in your life. Plus, doesn't it often feel like only a handful of crisps will help you overcome whatever you're stuck with at work?
- You have some past history with hunger? Nope, not like those poor Palestinian kids. By hunger I mean food insecurity induced by yourself due to countless fad diets or food restrictions such as 'thou shall not eat chocolate - it will land on your hips lady! Or perhaps at some point in your life you were unable to prepare or buy food due to economic or health issues?
- There's always a bag of crisps lying around and calling your name? I know, I know crisps are more tempting than a bowl of green leafy veggies.
- You feel lonely? Or sad? Or depressed?
- You don't have time to eat? We often don't prioritize our meals, especially at work - it may be 4pm and you're ravenous. But you'd rather go for a bag of candy than get up from your desk, grab a proper bite and waste some precious minutes that would be better spent on the project you're working on.
You see, the act of grazing can stem from several causes which only you can uproot. And only when you're aware of what makes you graze will you be able to put a brake on grazing by either eliminating the triggers or at least toning them down.
So what makes you tick? Or graze should I say? List down your own grazing villain(s) - it doesn't matter if you have only one or 20 but if there is more than one factor that drives you to munch, then list these factors in ascending order. That is start with the factors that will be the easiest to remedy to. And think about what you can do about them.
In the next article, I'll provide you with tips on how to move from grazing to structure.
Submitted by: Shari