Breaking Bad (Habits) Part 1 | Stop Stress Eating
Life is all about making the right choices for yourself for good health and to enjoy yourself at the same time. That said, just because you’re having fun, it doesn’t mean you’re being good to yourself. The key is to find the right balance. I swear by this attitude and if I’m going to preach it to other people, then I’m certainly going to live by it for myself!
Breaking Bad Habits – Stop Stress Eating
This is Part 1 in a three part series about bad habits I’ve identified in myself and have managed to break. I used different methods to break each bad habit, but there is a central theme of self-respect and self-love that flows throughout all three.
The first bad habit I decided to break was a big one: stress eating. It’s always been a part of my life but it came to the point that I was facing some very stressful times over several months. As a result, I was allowing myself to give in to stress eating cravings on a pretty regular basis. I gained weight. I felt exhausted a lot of the time. I struggled with feelings of depression. I know it was partly because of the stresses in my life but a lot of it had to do with the junk I was continually feeding into my body.
Here are the steps I took to stop reaching for sweets – chocolates, donut holes, muffins, croissants – when cravings struck from the stress I was experiencing.
• Acknowledge my feelings of stress
Whenever I was thinking about having something that wasn’t necessarily good for me on a nutritional level, I asked myself “how am I feeling right now?” “Where is my stress on a scale of 1 to 10?” “What do I want from this treat?” “Will this treat make me feel better?” By becoming aware of what was driving my choices, it made it easier to skip the sweets.
• Find alternatives for the craving
That said, just because I was aware that stress was driving my craving, it didn’t necessarily make the craving go away. It just gave me the chance to make a new choice – a smarter choice. If I was craving sweets, I’d go ahead and eat something sweet. But instead of a milkshake, I’d blend lots of frozen berries with a touch of 1 percent milk. Instead of cookies or donut holes, I’d have a piece of whole grain rye toast with a quarter of a banana mashed onto it (don’t knock it until you try it – really). I built up a full arsenal of craving food alternatives.
• Give in, within reason
Sometimes when I wanted chocolate, I wanted chocolate. So instead of just going nuts and gorging on it, I’d break off two squares of very high quality dark chocolate. Then, I’d take small bites and eat mindfully, paying attention to flavor, texture and the entire experience of eating it. The two squares are enough. I don’t feel deprived, but I don’t end up kicking myself for eating lots of sweet foods I don’t need.
If you just can’t seem to break the bad habit of stress eating on your own, a visit to your doctor to get the Adipex diet pill could help. This is a prescription strength appetite suppressant that I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Be careful to ensure the changes made while taking it become good new habits.
Exercise is a fantastic way to work on breaking bad habits like stress eating. It will not only help you to keep up your overall health, but that includes your mental wellness and stress control. It is one of the best sand most direct stress relievers we can adopt in our lives while we’re awake. All you need is a half hour per day, five days per week, of moderate intensity exercise to make a big difference. Take a brisk walk every day, go swimming, ride a bike, or keep up with that new yoga video. Mix it up to keep things interesting so you’ll be more likely to keep them up.
Did you notice that exercise is one of the best ways to control stress while we’re awake? That was worded that way because not being awake is a great strategy all on its own. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis can make a world of difference to your energy levels and can make it substantially easier to start breaking bad habits such as stress eating. Focus on building a healthy sleep routine to overcome these types of challenge that could be standing in the way of setting better habits.
How Can an Adipex Alternative Help You in Breaking Bad Habits Like Stress Eating?
If a prescription isn’t the right option for you, sometimes an Adipex alternative Can do the trick. These supplements are designed to help support your weight loss efforts through benefits that make it easier to overcome your biggest challenges. In this way, you still build all the healthy lifestyle habits you need to lose the weight and keep it off, but without the barrier standing in your way.
There are many different options available to help you in this way, but it’s up to you to find the right one for your unique body and weight loss expectations. Make sure to find a product made with only clinically researched ingredients, made by a company you can trust, that is established and has a solid reputation, and It suits the weight loss strategy you intend to follow. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor just to be sure. This is true even when you’re considering a non-prescription product.
Curious about how I beat my next bad habit? Stay tuned for upcoming Breaking Bad (Habits) posts!