**Sensative & Taboo Topics** To what extremes are you willing to go to achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I myself, am willing to go pretty far. I don't even know the lengths because I refuse to set that limit.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has taught me many different tools to help me overcome my disordered eating habits. However, at times of stress I have been having issues with night eating!
Daily, when I am consciously aware of my surroundings the adherence to my nutritional plan is rather sound. However, it's at night that I have a problem with shuffling half awake into the kitchen pantry just outside my bedroom door to snack.
I have tried to help nip this in the butt, yet ultimately aside from not buying the foods, which mind you are still healthy foods like nuts, I still wake up in a daze eating! Night eating is challenging because it is so unconscious, but helping your body and mind relax while increasing consciousness of the behavior can help quell it. To help me not be able to access these foods at my weakest moments I have asked the hubby to put a lock on the pantry door to keep critters, i.e. ME, OUT of the pantry at night. I know, I know, a little extreme, but I have tried so many things, this is a way for me to have more control over my behavior. Here are few other tools that help me daily..
1) Eat breakfast! This can help to establish healthy daytime eating patterns to ensure that blood sugar and serotonin levels remain steady throughout the day. Regular eating patterns may look something like a big breakfast, a hearty and nourishing lunch, dinner, and snacks.
2) Before bed, writing in a journal. Write about your day, your fears, anxiety, anger, sadness, joy, excitement, whatever, just write and move your emotions through you. Keep the journal next to your bed in case you wake up in the middle of the night. If you do, write in your journal.
3) Also, a hot 20 minute bath with Epsom salts prior to bed.
4) When you go to sleep at night, turn off all the lights and put down the phone!
5) Put a STOP sign on your fridge or lock your pantry door to prohibit you from having access to the foods.
Is there any tools you use?#ufeusa #ufeshows #cbt