Food blues get us all sometimes. You know that feeling where you have overeaten and you feel bad about it? Or you have eaten something you wish you hadn’t but it is too late to do anything about it?
Mindfulness can get you through!
Rather than mulling back over the incident (whether it was a jumbo bag of chocolate buttons, a family size pack of crisps or something worse) mindfulness can help you to focus on the hear and now. Once the time has passed there is absolutely not point continuing with the rumination.
So each time a thought about whatever the food was crops up simply recognise the the thought, label it and then focus on whatever you were doing again. Your label may be guilt, it might be sadness, it might even be anger. By labelling the emotion you are recognising it. By simply going with the one word label you are making it less personal, this prevents you becoming the emotion.
People talk about ‘comfort eating’. This is when they connect their emotions to their eating. By learning to label your emotions and then focus on what you are doing you avoid falling into that trap.
Talking of falling into traps don’t get disheartened if you repeat your mistakes time and time again. We all do, that is what being human is all about. Keep using the labelling technique every time it happens and before long will see the trap coming and learn how to side step it.
So once you have done your labelling and moved on enjoy the fact that you have a new start. A fresh go at eating the way that you want to eat.
Come on a Revitalise Day and see how the delicious and healthy food inspires you to eat well. The day is full of lovely treats but they are all great nourishment for your body and mind.