Do you ever stop to think about why you’re eating?
I’m betting that most of the time you eat on automatic pilot. But if you stop and really think about why you’re eating, you can learn quite a bit about how you use food in your life – or how food uses you.
For the next 24 hours, every time you reach to put something in your mouth – a meal, a snack, a bite off your child’s lunch plate, a sip of soda, snagging a couple of grapes from the bowl on the counter – write down why you’re eating.
- Are you eating because you’re physically hungry?
- Or are you bored and looking for something to fill the time?
- Celebrating with a friend?
- Tired and using food to help you stay awake?
- Sad and lonely hoping that food will help you feel better?
Another way of phrasing this is to ask yourself: What is my intention with this meal?
Is my intention to improve my health – so I’m choosing fruit, vegetables and whole grains?
Is my intention to use food to take care of emotions like boredom, stress, or joy?
Is my intention to reward myself with food?
Food plays a variety of roles in our life, and understanding those roles will give you knowledge about your eating habits that you can use to your advantage. Look for the ‘why’ in your food choices and eating habits.