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How to Resist Food Temptation

How to Resist Food Temptation

 Do you Feel Food Controls You?

The following page will give you some examples of methods in which people eat. The object is to learn when food is irresistible to you. When do you give in to overeating? Are you able to notice hunger fullness and what your food you desire?  May you be eating to fulfill some other need? The goal is to find to become a conscious eater and respond to biological hunger and allow yourself some food choices without experiencing guilt or self-deprecation.


 


Unconscious Eating

Do yo ever find yourself eating while doing another activity?Some People become so engrossed in what they are doing or trying to avoid what they are feeling they become unaware of eating. This eating may be in response to emotion rather than physical hunger. Before noticing they have food in their mouths.

Free Food Eating

In this challenging economy, people often feel they should take advantage of free food. This eating is promoted by all-you-can-eat buffets and cheap food. Or most grocery stores, ice cream shops, candy stores will be more than willing to give you a sample. Who can resist that?

Unable to Resist Food that Entices

Some foods are so compelling it is like they are pulling people towards them. The presence of food that one loves sitting in front of them can be impossible to resist.Some of this can be candies, or cookies sitting on counters at work.  Select food at holidays can be a nightmare with internal battles to resist.Usually, the food wins.

Deprivation Eating

Feeling fat, always dieting, or eating a very restrictive diet and fitness can be tough. Anguishing over each food morsel and its effect on the body.Deciding if a particular food is legal or not can only go so far. At some point, one may feel deprived and start to binge.


How to Resist the Temptation of Eating

The goal is to resist the temptation of eating involves knowing when you are hungry and allowing yourself to eat at that time. Recognizing when your full and being able to stop eating. Most importantly eating mindfully enjoying the pleasure of the food you are eating.Especially allowing yourself to indulge and avoid deprivation.

A Very Helpful Book

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works
Intuitive Eating was published in 1995. As a therapist treating people who struggled with diet and eating issues it was revolutionary. The book allowed me to work more effectively with people who were emotional eaters. I started to ask questions that made sense to clients. Do you know when you are hungry? Do you know when you are getting full? Do you have an idea of what you feel like eating? These questions helped clients begin to notice when they were eating and if they were just stuffing food to fill an emotional hole.

My favorite part of the book is the Guilt-Deprivation Scale. Over the years this has helped people who go on restrictive diets only to start binging and stuffing food. I have used this concept to help people evaluate food plans they chose, helping them to make sure the diet is satisfying.

The workbook was released in April 2017.The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) It includes 10 simple approaches base on the principals of the book allowing the reader to have an interactive tool to utilize these ideas using quizzes, worksheets and questions. The workbook has only been out a month and has gotten a five-star review on amazon!

 

There is not one negative review. I am excited to get this book and begin to use it with my clients it seems like it can be used as a self-therapy to enjoy a healthier relationship with food.

Comments 2

  • Good Morning,

    I must admit that the colorful photo of the lollipops made me click on this article. Luckily I can refrain from buying these type of things.
    Since some 2 years I have gone Gluten Free and now bake my own bread. I have noticed that my cravings for sweets have diminished. I try to eat as little as possible of men made foods, I stick mainly to homegrown and organic when possible. Going on a holiday I love to eat the local foods available, I do not restrict myself and refuse to have a guilty feeling. On coming home again I return to my eating routine and feel good with it. Your website is so important as many people completely succumb to our modern temptations which after all take us away from having good health.

    Regards, Taetske

  • Thank you Taetske,
    Your comments are very helpful and encouraging for others. Karen Chambre

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