In the first 3 steps, we identified our triggers, got to the root of the problem by uncovering the underlying need and began separating fact from fiction in our "moment of truth". But as GI Joe used to say (yes I am dating myself), "knowing is half the battle." Knowledge is power, but it in order for it to be most effective we must use that knowledge to make wiser choices.
Now that we know an unusually stressful day at work is a trigger for deviating from our eating plan, we can come up with a plan - an alternative to dealing with this stressful situation - one that does not involve food. This may sound extreme, but I believe that this is a war; a battle between our emotions and our will. For some it is a daily battle, for others it is an occasional battle, but we are all fighting. We have been conditioned to use food to celebrate, comfort, and reward and that is a hard habit to break. The keys to winning in the battlefield of the mind are no different than they are on a real life battlefield: planning and preparation. We can fight our emotions and win, if we think it through, plan what we will do in advance, and execute.
Planning & Preparation
It is self-examination time once again! In order to come up with a realistic, doable plan, you'll need to spend some time thinking about some alternatives that you would enjoy and/or will get you back on track.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Will you take a few moments to brainstorm a list of 5 potential activities? Write them down and put them in a safe place so you can refer back to them when needed.
Now that you've taken the time to come up with 5 realistic, doable alternatives to feeding your emotions, you are prepared for when (not if) the next temptation strikes. All you have to do is execute!
Two Final Thoughts
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