Have you ever wondered why you can be so successful in so many areas of your life, yet struggle to be consistent in managing your weight? One reason may be that you have developed certain eating habits that are sabotaging your success. You may have become so busy to stop and notice if you are eating out of habit and not hunger.
It’s funny, I am discovering we have certain habits developing in my own house. As we turned on the TV this week to watch American Idol, my three year old says, “are we having Rice Krispies?’ I had to laugh and wonder “what in the world made him say that?” Then I remembered, the week before my husband made our favorite Rice Krispie Treats as we watched American Idol. At age three, he associated American Idol with eating Rice Krispie treats. As adults, we often times do the same thing and associate food with so many things that we are eating out of habit, not hunger.
Here are a few examples I have seen in many women OR my own personal habits that had to change.
- It’s 3:00 and you are a little brain dead staring at the computer or tired from the day so it is time for a snack… even though you had a late lunch an hour ago.
- Your kids hate the crust on their bread. So, on you way to the garbage can, you see how much you can eat (especially if toasted) before you make it there. (can you tell that hits close to home for me?)
- You are not a rude person, so naturally, your instinct is to habitually take the piece of cake, pie or drink when offered at a social gathering.
- It is Friday night, time for a movie which means all you can eat pizza or ice cream.
Any of these sound familiar? Eating habits are sometimes developed because they are associated with certain activities or events. Things like the time of day, food preparation or social events trigger you to eat subconsciously. All of these subconscious calories do count. The key is becoming aware of them so that you can begin to develop strategies to develop healthy eating habits in their place.