Tips On How To Stop Binge Eating In Its Tracks

Binge Eating

Have you ever sat in from of your TV with a bag of chips and before you knew it the whole bag was gone, leaving you wondering if some chip eating gremlin had wandered in unnoticed by you and ate the whole bag? If you have you know what binge eating is and you probably know what it can do to even the trimmest of figures. Binge eating is not only problematic to keeping your weight down, but to your overall health and confidence as well. The trick to stop binge eating in its tracks is to adapt to better behaviors that help to make it harder to eat that whole bag of chips by yourself.

Always Portion Out Your Food

One of the biggest reasons you binge eat so much might be because you are eating straight from the food container rather than from a bowl or plate. To stop this from happening measure out a specific portion of food and put the rest of the food away so that it isn’t in front of you and easy to eat. To eat more you’ll have to actively get up and go measure out more, making it more likely that you’ll stick with just that one portion of food rather than consciously making the effort to get more.

Use Small Containers to Portion Out Your Food

It’s tempting to get that big bowl and filled it to the brim with your favorite ice cream, but that just enables you to keep eating large portions of food, i.e. binge eating. So to stop that from happening, stick to small bowls, plates, cups, etc when you are getting you food ready so you won’t have room for more of the food that what is necessary.

Don’t Eat in Front of the TV or Computer

Everybody does it now and then, but eating in front of the TV is just a recipe for binge eating. Oftentimes you are just looking for something to do and go reaching for that bag of chips we talked about and before you know it you get sucked into the plot and your eating the entire bag. So, no matter how tempted you are to just sit down and watch a movie with a box of cookies or a bag of your favorite chips, don’t do it.

Fill Up on Water Instead

Sometimes cravings or hunger can be confused with thirst, so keep a steady flow of water into your body throughout the day. Keep a bottle of water on hand at work and at home so that whenever you feel the need to go grab a bite outside of a regular meal you can take a few gulps of water instead. This will not only help to keep your body hydrated, but help to keep you fuller so that you are less tempted to go looking for something to eat to tide you over until dinner.

Go Grey! Really, Grey Get Out!

If you are like me, the day you woke up and saw a grey hair or two or three, the eeeeeekk could be heard on the other side of town. Very few people look sexy with grey hair. I am neither a movie star nor the sexiest person alive! I am a regular person. As a regular person, I want to emphasize the positive. Curly hair? Check. Blue eyes and small nose? Check. However, we don’t want to show off the negative. Red face? Makeup. Overweight? Atkins. Grey hair? Hair dye.

Greying

According to MSNBC, Americans spend billions of dollars on hair products to fight the effects of grey hair. We dye, shampoo and take supplements. According to About.com, the age we start going grey is largely genetic. If your grandparents and parents go grey early, chances are so will you. For example my dad went grey in his early twenties, whereas my mom has mostly black hair with a few greys (pre hair dye.) I have a 50/50 chance of going either way. So what causes grey hair? Your hair cells contain pigments called melanocytes. These pigments make various chemicals that control the color of your hair. The chemicals add brown, black, red etc. When we go grey, the melanocyte’s start dying off, causing the color of your hair to go lighter then, grey then white. Stress and autoimmune disorders can speed up the process. Other medical conditions such as anemia, low b-vitamins and poor nutrition also compound the problem.

According to Livestrong.com, your hair is largely made out of a protein called keratin. Keratin is an amino acid formed from the protein in your diet. Adding more quality protein to your diet can help prevent grey hair. Adding vitamins in the form of supplements is suggested; however, according to the article, getting nutrients from eating is the best way to add nutrition and vitamins to your diet. It is very difficult to find out if this is a cause of greying hair, so the best bet is visiting your doctor in regards to the grey hair.

Sometimes, we wish that there was a magic pill to cure grey hair. My mom always did say there is no magic pill. For weight loss, energy the blues etc. The good news is that L’Oreal, the biggest beauty and cosmetic company in the world, plans to release an anti-grey hair pill by 2015. The product will contain a fruit extract that is supposed to combat the pigment loss in hair that causes the greys. This “magic pill” has been in the research process for longer than ten years. It could take ten more years to confirm the effectiveness of the supplement, since greying is such a slow process. The good news is that the supplement will slow the process; however scientists are still not sure if it will actually reverse the process. More bad news is that the pill will need to be taken for life to prevent the grey hairs, costing more money in the long run. L’Oreal plans to market the product to both men and women. This may be an effective solution for people who rely on their looks, such as models and actors. For the rest of us, let’s stick to what we have been doing. I bet though, tons of people will be running for this product, myself included.

In conclusion, really is there a magic pill? I am not sure. There are so many products and cures out there that can be unhealthy. Jacky Onassis Kennedy passed away from cancer at the young age of 64. Many believe that this was a direct result of decades of hair dye use. As a society we really do inject too many chemicals into our daily lives. We must eat healthy to help combat this. In the current economy, we also have to consider our finances. Carefully review each product you purchase and decide if it is worth it, both financially and to help boost your self-esteem. As I mentioned earlier, accentuate the positive. Draw attention to your best features and away from the not so good. Most of the time the features we don’t like are not really that big of a deal. Self-confidence comes from within. The outside package being presentable can really help though! On my uggg days where I don’t feel like being around customers at work and co-workers, I “put on the mug” I make sure my face and hair are done and that I smell nice. Sometime this can make the difference in pushing through to a good day.

Be your best self! How you feel is up to you, combat the age beast in the healthiest way possible!

Making Good Plans To Break Bad Habits

Most people know that in order to achieve a goal, they need a plan, but the way they plan is all wrong. Typical plans might look something like this:

  1. Number 1: Save more
  2. Number 2: Spend less

It’s a plan, but it’s a one that’s doomed to failure. It’s too general, too lax, more of a wish than a strategy. Plans that actually help a person realize a goal need to be more detailed. But the beautiful thing is they only need to be slightly more detailed. We’re not talking about a business plan here, complete with pie charts and profit margins, ready to show a banker. A plan for success can be as simple as one sentence.

In the book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D. writes about the power of if/then statements. Simply put, an if/then statement is a simple plan designed to help you avoid the pitfalls and temptations that get in the way when trying to reach a goal. Instead of simply saying what you want to happen, you spell out exactly how, when, and where you will take the steps necessary to make it happen.

For instance, “I will quit smoking,” becomes, “I will walk around the block when I have a craving for a cigarette.” “Watch less television,” turns into, “At 7:00 pm I will pick up my book and go into the living room to read it.”

Studies show that simple, but specific plans like these have a huge impact on the likelihood of success vs. failure. If you are ready to change your life, then make a specific if/then plan. It is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to break bad habits, achieve difficult, worthwhile goals, and change your life for the better.

Needed a little mental push and focus to break those habits. How about using some subliminal messages to make those changes last!