When I was 19 years old I was obsessed with the Four Food Groups: ranch dressing, chicken fingers, gummy candies, and ketchup chips. I would have that over any five-course fine dining meal. I used pretty much every excuse there was to eat junk food:
- Watching a movie
- Road trip
- Relaxing at home
- Having people over
- After meal treat
- Mid-day snack
- Getting ready to go out
It was only in my late 20’s that I started noticing how different I felt with what I ate. I craved how I felt after a great big salad and smoothie. But my dirty behaviour still showed up on occasion. I just did not take the time to figure out why.
Cultivating awareness around snacking is an insightful process. This was something I was taught when I was making my transition to health.
Consider this the next time you go for junk (or wine, a cig, a stiff cocktail)…
Stop, Drop, and Journal.
Do yourself a favour. Put the junk aside and write for at least 10 minutes.
Explore how you feel. What happened to you in the day? Did anything trigger some upset or stress? Is there anything in general that is causing some upset and stress? Are you lonely? Does sugar keep you warm at night? Are you bored?
Here is what no one tells ya… You are an incredible resilient person! Your bad behaviour is your way of dealing with life (which, in case you didn’t get the memo, is HARD)!
Obviously it is a little self-sabotaging, but you found a way to keep calm and carry on. And that is NOT something you should feel guilty about.
The real issue is NOT that you are having a snack attack. It is that something is stressing you out.
When I was 19 years old, I was in the depths of tragedy. I lived a very dysfunctional life (more on that later). Sugar was a two-second escape.
Instead of beating yourself up for having an addiction to crap food, explore what that addiction is providing you. Work on dealing with the bigger issue.