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How To Control Your Appetite For Different Triggers

How To Control Your Appetite For Different Triggers

Do you often find yourself eating large quantities of food when you are stressed or tired? Have you ever pigged out on something just because it was there? You are not alone. There are many people who would classify themselves as binge eaters or at the very least, out of control of their appetites. There are always triggers at work when people struggle with binge eating, and trying to control your appetite without knowing these triggers is next to impossible. Some people are emotional eaters, some eat when they are bored, and others eat when they are tired. Sometimes people eat for all these reasons! There are a few suggestions you can follow if you want to control your appetite, and these will work unless the reasons for your binge eating go deeper than being bored or stressed. If you try the following tips and nothing seems to be working, take some time to look deeper into the issue to figure out the root cause of the over-eating. You can try to fix symptoms for years, but if you go right to the root and deal with it, you won’t have to worry about the symptoms anymore.

Eating When You are Bored

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    • Get an accountabilty partner at work for this issue. When one of you is tempted to eat out of boredom, take a walk together or chat at the watercooler to ease your boredom.
    • Plan activities for yourself. You can have things ready for you to do, such as an art project, a walk or a good book you’ve been waiting to read. Make a list of things you can do instead of eat and put it on your fridge.
    • Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. By the time you get off the phone, you might actually be hungry, which is the right time to eat.

    How To Control Your Appetite When Stressed

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      • Plan before the stress happens. Put a plan in place so that when you feel stress coming on, you can take a step back, remove yourself from the situation and go for a walk, take a bathroom break, or simply close your eyes for a minute and remind yourself that you control your appetite – it doesn’t control you!
      • Don’t skip meals – it is very easy when you are stressed at work to just continue working until the job is done, but this will only lead to over-eating. Once your body and brain have reached their limit, you are much less likely to binge on something that isn’t good for you.
      • Bring healthy snacks with you. Whether at work or at play, always have a healthy snack on hand to help you say no to the vending machine or fast food. Try to eat these snacks between meals when you are hungry.

      Controlling Emotional Eating

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        • Get to know yourself. Know what triggers your emotional eating habits.Make a list of people and/or scenarios that push you into binge eating and if you can’t avoid them, being aware of your reactions will start you on the road to controlling your emotions and your appetite.
        • Deal with people that cause you to over-eat. Many times we avoid confrontation with people and instead, keep suffering through broken relationships. Talk out your issues with these people and let them know how their words or actions affects you. If they care about the relationship, they will do their part to fix it. If not, move on and find a new friend who understands relationships take work on both sides.
        • Get into the habit of waiting before eating. Go through a mental checklist in your mind before you put food on a plate. Am I hungry or upset? Am I bothered by something? When did I eat last? Is this what my body needs right now? Sometimes you will be both hungry and upset but not necessarily making the right choice for a meal or snack.

        Eating When You Are Tired

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          • Make freezer meals in advance. All you have to do is take it out and microwave it. Knowing you have something quick, easy and healthy at home will help you avoid the fast food drive-thru on the way home.
          • Grocery shop with these moments in mind. When you are tired and hungry you look for whatever is fast and easy to make. Look for fast, easy, but healthy options while shopping and avoid buying food that will become a temptation when you are too tired to cook.
          • Try not to overdo it. If you continually allow yourself to get this tired and hungry, it will be hard to keep weight off and hard to resist binging on junk food. Try to stick with a menu plan that allows you to eat a few small meals throughout the day so that when you do feel tired, hunger isn’t a concern.
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          Last Updated on January 21, 2020

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

            Why You Need a Vision

            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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            How to Create Your Life Vision

            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

            What Do You Want?

            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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            Some tips to guide you:

            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
            • Give yourself permission to dream.
            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

            Some questions to start your exploration:

            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
            • What qualities would you like to develop?
            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
            • What would you most like to accomplish?
            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

            A few prompts to get you started:

            • What will you have accomplished already?
            • How will you feel about yourself?
            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
            • What does your ideal day look like?
            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
            • What would you be doing?
            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
            • How are you dressed?
            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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            Plan Backwards

            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
            • What important actions would you have had to take?
            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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