I am an emotional eater. Yikes. This may be my worst enemy. After a long and stressful day I turn to a big fat bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream to take away the stress. Not only does this usually (okay, always) push me over my caloric need, the worst part is that I usually feel even worse after I gobble it down. I am learning to relax at the end of the day with a hot cup of camomile tea.
I eat when I am bored. My husband travels often for work and at the end of the day, after I put the kids to bed, I get the munchies. But it is not like I am actually hungry, there is just nothing better to do. I am now trying to replace this boredom with tea and a book, or by just going to bed.
I finish my children's plates. Why do I do this? I am too frugal to throw their last bite away and too lazy to put it in a container. So I make the sacrifice for them, or so I tell myself it is a sacrifice. I now put it in a container and have them finish it the next day.
I love licking the spatula (and my fingers) when I bake. You may not know this yet about me, but I love baking! Ooey gooey chocolaty desserts scream my name, and making them with my daughter is so fun. But with that comes eating as we bake and of course eating right when it comes out of the oven! This one I am keeping in moderation. I may not need to lick my fingers AND the spatula, but I will enjoy life WITH my children :)
Sometimes all of those bad habits come out all in the same day, and while eating the last bite of my kids plate 1 time won't make me gain 5 lbs, after the third meal of the day and two snacks each little bite starts to add up against me.
I have only been aware of these bad habits because I started learning when to put the right food into my body (thanks to Jasmin) and logging the food I was eating (also encouragement from Jasmin). I now use the app MyFitnessPal to track my food input and exercise output. This app helps me keep track of my fats, protein, carbs, calories and much more which in turn helps me to refuel my body properly rather than guessing!
Don't guess at what you think you should be doing, find an expert. And don't guess about your food, KNOW about it! Be aware of your body and make it better because IT CAN BE DONE!
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