Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Disorganized eating: What am I thinking?

I was feeling so much better when I was following the plan and eating on a schedule with the right kinds of foods.  So why do I ever let my eating get disorganized?  In The Beck Diet, one of the more useful tools was the question about "What was the thought that preceded the action?"  I thought I'd share some of the thoughts that allow my eating to get disorganized, and some of my answers for them, in case any of you are having the same kinds of unhelpful thoughts.

The funny thing is that my body really punishes me for missing meals -- especially with headaches -- so it would seem that I really would be motivated to stick to a schedule.  Here are some of the thoughts that get in the way:

Thought: "You aren't wasting away. You should be able to miss a meal or especially a snack without it being such a big deal."
Answer: Being thoughtful and organized will help me reach my weight goals. 

Thought: "I want to wait for _____. Waiting a little longer shouldn't matter."
Answer: Having a healthy snack now is probably going to make _____ more enjoyable anyway, and allow you to make better choices.  

Thought: "No one should have to think about food this much."
Answer: It really doesn't take that much time to be organized.  It's definitely worth it to feel better.

Thought: "I missed recording a couple of meals and now I'm afraid I won't be able to track accurately. I might as well wait until tomorrow and start recording again then."
Answer: Imperfectly recording them is a lot better than not recording at all.  Especially if you use not recording as an opportunity to get sloppy with portions or food choices.

Thought: "All this recording and planning is a drag."
Answer: So is not reaching my weight goals. So is having a headache because you made bad choices.

So this is a little look inside my head. Kind of a creepy place, isn't it?


  1. I guess we all march to our own beat, and I think we should do what works best for us. I do better when not tracking. I take one meal at a time, and I seem to know what I need to eat for losing and for maintenance. I also know when I am taking too much food, and when that happens, it is usually a deliberate choice. I get a little manipulative when tracking, but I know it works for most people.

  2. breakfast is that way for me. I need to have it. It needs to be very balanced. It sets me up (mentally and physically) for the rest of the day. If i do not have it, or it is not balanced, or it is not big enough, IT IMPACTS ME HUGELY all through the day. Night time eating (problems) are directly impacted by lack of breakfast. It seems weird that something in the morning would impact night time eating/WANTS but it definitely does. So I can definitely understand about having the right snacks/meals at the right time would impact you, especially if missing them triggers headaches.


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