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Stop Enabling Yourself To Cheat On Your Diet

One trait that many angry overeaters share is the ability to find sources of unhealthy food to binge on. Like an alcoholic who always knows where the nearest liquor store is, the overeater also knows where the nearest stash of treats is.  In fact, many angry people place themselves by the buffet table in a social situation so they can eat away at their feelings of social insecurity by noshing and nibbling at the table.


Many overeaters are not truly hungry. They eat because the food is there and they always make sure that they are in situations where food is near.  Obsessive overeaters often have similar characteristics to hoarders, hiding food for consumption later. The hoarded food becomes like a security blanket that makes up for the great sense of insecurity that they always feel.


Overeaters tend to repeat the same mistakes again and again. They always lose because they do not bring anything to life but the same destructive reactions again and again.

Many overeaters also portray themselves as a victim in life. It is always somebody else’s fault.  As long as they admit that they are never accountable for their own reaction to a bad situation, they seem stuck where they are and spiraling into an addiction to food.


The core psychological and spiritual problem that is at the basis of reactive behavior is a reluctance to be accountable for one’s actions in the first place. These types of people always insist that they have morals and that this is why they are a victim when really; the abuse of their body, dwelling in the past and refusal to take steps to address their anger


If you are experiencing negative feelings that you are trying to detach from, then do not put yourself in the path of temptation. Do not walk by that cupcake store on the way home and veer away from that art opening with all of the wine and canapés. Do not buy KFC because it is a bargain and they are having a two for one drumstick sale!  Stop telling yourself that the treats you have at home are really for the kids and not for you.


In fact, many experts at weight loss suggest that you throw out all temptations in your home including any chips, cookies, ice cream or anything else that you have stashed away to pacify an emotion that you cannot deal with.


HALT as Part of Your Fitness Rampage

HALT is a commonly used for acronym for the words “Hungry, Lonely, Angry or Tired.” The phrase is from the Big Book in A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) and it basically means that if you want to stay sane, if you do not want to make bad decisions and if you want to stay positive in life then you need to take care of yourself first. This means –


“Never Get Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.”

This applies to food addiction as well except that in the case of the “hungry” the need is often emotional. People who have food addiction are hungry for love, approval, affection, sex and forgiveness.  Very often they are not actually hungry.


Instead of binge eating ask yourself if you are genuinely hungry?  Can you get by with just eating a bowl of healthy soup rather than eating four bags of cookies?  Would a walk around the block or a drink of water be just as satiating but without the guilt that comes with destroying your body by binge-eating.


If you are angry, then name the feeling, figure out what is causing it, FEEL IT and then let it go. Do not let it control your life. Do not try and stuff it down with food.


If you are lonely then call a friend. Do not try to comfort yourself by eating loads of food. The inevitable result of that will be even more loneliness.


If you are tired, put down the bag of chips or other snack you think will somehow give you a lift or energize you. Go lie down and have a rest or a nap instead.  Take a break.


The idea is that any of these conditions have a way of deflating our stamina and thus make us more vulnerable to negative thoughts and feelings and therefore addiction.When emotions like anger cloud over judgments the result is more often then not some kind of self-sabotage in the end.


Basically if you have to make a decision when you are very tired, angry, lonely or hungry it will probably be a bad one. This is why it is absolutely essential to just familiarize yourself with the simple four principles of avoidance of addiction known as HALT – never get HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY or TIRED.