There are 4 types of eating. I have previously covered the concepts of fuel foods and joy foods. The other 2 types of eating are types of overeating. My coach calls them storm eating and fog eating. Other terms for them can be binge eating and mindless eating.
One of the two types of overeating is called fog eating.
Fog eating is just not paying attention to your eating.
It may happen when you are eating while you are distracted – watching TV, working, scrolling on the internet, etc.
It may happen when you are taking bites, licks and and little tastes (BLTs) here and there. Tasting little bites while cooking, finishing off your child’s food while cleaning up the kitchen, eating the crumbs from the edge of the cake in the break room.
One way I know I’ve been fog eating when feel cheated at the end of the meal. Like I got there so fast I didn’t get to enjoy it.
Fog eating is sneaky. It feels like it shouldn’t matter. But at the end of the week we are surprised by the result on the scale because it felt like we worked so hard. But we forget about all the extra bites we took in when we weren’t hungry
When you become aware of when you are fog eating you stand a chance of making a better choice.
This is about choices. You don’t need more willpower. you just need to recognize it and make a choice. Either eat it and realize this choice may delay the result you are going for. Or don’t eat it and learn to sit with the discomfort. It won’t kill you.
The other of the two types of overeating is called storm eating.
Storm eating is a conscious choice to eat past satiety. There is usually strong emotion tied to storm eating such as anger or justification. It is intentional.
“I just want it.”
“I’m tired of saying no to myself.”
“I deserve this.”
Do not give binges power. Do not make them more than they are.
You may feel out of control but in reality you are just making a choice to continue.
You can make a different choice.
The first step to stop overeating is awareness. If you don’t realize you are fog eating or storm eating you will always wonder why you’re not losing weight. Before you can tackle the problem you have to recognize that you are doing it.
Start journaling when you have an overeat. Whether it was an intentional storm eat or an unintentional fog eat you can learn from it. The more overeats you recognize the faster you can learn from them.
Track the time of day – my hardest times are right when I get home from work and right before bed.
Write down triggers – are you tired, bored anxious, stressed?
Place – does it happen more at work, at home, on the couch, at the computer?
Note anything that you notice surrounding the event.
Don’t be afraid of writing this stuff down. The journaling can cause you a little discomfort in putting all this down on paper. But it can be the tool that helps you figure this all out and get better results for yourself.
Grab a journal or a piece of paper and track what you eat today. Pay attention to times you notice that you’re eating when you’re not actually hungry. Write a bit about what you were feeling in those moments. Use it as a time of discovery.
This post is a part of a 30 day series for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge. For more in this series click here for the main page with all the links.
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