In last week’s blog post, I addressed ways to combat stress eating.
One idea I had mentioned, is to be prepared with other things you can do instead of turning to food for comfort. I suggested making a list of activities that take anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes.
I received a text message from a dear friend, with photos, of her action plan. I love it!
She took colored sticks and wrote an activity on each one. They all live in a jar that is highly visible.
When she thinks she hears a snack calling, and it’s not mealtime or she’s not hungry, she dips her hand into the activity jar and pulls out a wooden stick.
This sets her in motion that takes her thoughts away from diving into the refrigerator, at least for a while.
Many times, that’s all we need. We get involved in something else and get our mind off the food.
I took her idea and decided to use it to help improve my productivity level as well as curb any procrastination snacking.
There are days when I can get caught up being busy, yet don’t accomplish as much as I’d hoped.
I took index cards and cut them into strips. Each strip has a task/activity written on it. I put them in a brass mortar—as in a mortar and pestle.
Her colored sticks are more fun. I had an excess of index cards.
At any rate, we’ll see how it goes. It’s a creative way to implement a new habit.
Got a tip that I can share? Send me an email and let me know what works for you.
What’s Growing in Your Blender?
This is a friendly reminder to take your BlendJet or Nutribullet (or whatever blender you use) apart and clean it thoroughly.
Quick daily cleanings by running it filled with sudsy water are usually sufficient. However, it’s a good idea to periodically take the gaskets off and clean underneath, since food can get stuck and turn ugly.
Maybe that can be one of the activities for your idea jar.
Wishing you a delightful week!
Health Coach Carol
“We overeat, not because we enjoy food too much – it is because we don’t enjoy it enough.” –Charles Eisenstein