Have you ever overeaten and then wondered what the heck happened?

It seemed like that bag of cookies blindsided you and drove off, leaving you in a pile of crumbs, mumbling Did anyone catch the license plate of that sugar truck?

Sure, we’ve all been there.

Think of overeating like that last link in a chain.

It seems like it “starts” the moment you put the first bite in your mouth. But really, it can start long beforehand — even a few days beforehand.

For example:
You might be stressed on Monday, then eat more on Tuesday.
You might skip breakfast, then nosh at night.
You might have a few drinks with friends, then think, “Hey! Let’s order takeout!”
You might be feeling deprived and want to “rebel” or “relax” by eating.

You may have to do several steps before overeating can occur.

For instance, you might have to decide to get the food. Then go get it. Then find a time to be alone. Then crack that package open. Then begin.

The package didn’t magically appear in your hands.

Whatever leads you to overeat, it’s not mysterious.

You just have to work backward along the chain and figure out what links are connected.

It’s hard to stop overeating once you start (though of course, you can do it).

It’s a lot easier to prevent it in the first place by addressing the problems farther up the chain. Break those links.

Here’s a very handy tool that we use to help you bring awareness to WHY these things might be happening

Look for links that you can break!

When you’ve completed the worksheet – identify actions / routines / cues that you have the MOST control over.
For example:
 
If you notice yourself snacking at 3 pm, book another activity during that time slot.
If you notice that you grab a snack when you come home from work via the back door through the kitchen, try coming in the front door instead.