Some days I wish I didn’t have to eat… it would just be easier.
It’d be easier because then I wouldn’t have to think about food. I could meander through my entire day and not once think about eating something, which would eliminate the need to berate myself for eating that something (because let’s be real, there’s a pandemic, and my threshold for stress has been shot to sh*t so you know I’m reaching for a cookie(s) — that I made because all I do now is make cookies with my kids who no longer have sports and play dates and after school activities.)
However I do have to eat and if you do too and you find yourself doing it a lot — as in over-doing it — I’ve been thinking the matter over and I’ve come up with a few brilliant ideas on how we can curb the eating so it’s not an all-day, all-you-can-eat buffet like I’ve turned my life into.
3 Tips to Stop Eating So Much During the Effin’ Day.
1. Check yo’ sneaky habits. I have this sneaky habit that I never before realized until I realized it. See, when I get a text message I beeline it to my phone — which is usually right next to me so I don’t have to go very far at all— and after I’ve read the meme or laughed at the gif and I’ve sent an equally amusing text back, I then check my email, and then Facebook (which I hate) and then Instagram… in. that. order. every. time.
Why? is the natural question. Sneaky habit is my retort.
So my advice to you is to realize what your sneaky habits are when you walk into the kitchen. Do you beeline it to the pantry? Open and close the fridge 20 times until something finally pops out at you? Eat a cracker and maybe 50 pretzels while you figure out what to make for dinner?
We all have those sneaky habits and they’re the reason we have 5 or 10 extra pounds to lose. But once you know what these sneaky habits are, you get your power back.
I don’t check email, Facebook, and Instagram in rapid succession anymore (well not all the time!) when I get a text, and as an add-on, or as I like to call it, a super proud “I crushed my sneaky habit and it affected other areas of my life as well” moment: when I write I don’t do it with my phone sitting next to me anymore. (My kids have it because I need them to be quiet while I write.)
You never know what other areas of your life will improve when you snuff out sneaky habits. Start paying attention.
2. Eat real meals — not snacks that try to act like real meals. Sneaky habits and snacks that act like real meals are dumb buddies that love to hang out together. One lures you in and the other keeps you distracted by stuffing your face while you think about something entirely not related to eating (enter third dumb buddy, mindlessness.)
You’ll walk away from snacking only to return 30 minutes later looking for more because mindlessness made sure you were clueless to the entire charade. (What you didn’t notice was the healthy fat and lean protein in the fridge waving at you from behind the cucumber who was hiding behind the leftover pizza you ate instead for “lunch”.)
Don’t be lured in by the trifecta of dumb buddies. Eat a real breakfast, not a blueberry muffin or chocolate croissant, and don't do the “cheese and crackers I’m too busy to eat lunch” lunch. Fill your belly with real food that you put on a plate (not a cheeseboard).
3. Stop thinking you’re a cactus (or maybe a camel). Either you think you don’t need lots of drinking water every day to sustain a healthy human-level equilibrium or you think your body is holding onto massive reserves of water that allow you to go days without touching the stuff.
Either way, your flat-out refusal to acknowledge drinking water as a daily staple leaves your body void of the one thing it truly needs for basic human survival (yes, it’s even more important than the standing 4 pm sugar fix).
Water bottles have been made with bings and beeps and flashing lights to signal your utter disregard for the beverage, and I get it, it tastes like nothing, a liquid void of flavor — perhaps a shot of amaretto might help? — but it’s essential and you’re avoiding it, and we all know it. And I know it because I’ve had more than my fair share of clients who have ‘fessed up to thinking they’re a camel — or cactus.
If we can lasso in these three culprits, eating less during the effin’ day may actually become a real-life fantasy for us. Until then stay vigilant my friend, dumb buddies be lurking.
AM Costanzo is a wellness coach, a motivational junkie, loves a-ha moments, and loves to help people feel strong, powerful, and downright fabulous in body and mind!