By Casey Grey
I feel like I've been eating more than I need to eat recently. Luckily I eat healthy so it's not having a physical effect on me (yet) but it is taking up space in my head and hurting my productivity.
When do I find I eat the most?
When I'm bored and when I'm in front of the computer. This is typically when I'm working on something that I'm not interested in which is on the computer.
When do I find I eat the least?
When I'm out on the road, when I'm working with my hands and when I'm working on things that I'm very interested in (even if it's on a computer).
What does this mean?
I eat when I'm not engaged, when I have easy access to food and the ability to just stop working whenever I want.
How do I stop this?
The easy answer is to avoid any of those circumstances whenever possible. The thing is that it's not always possible and it's only a bandaid. It's like taking a pill to feel better instead of addressing the problem why I'm not feeling good in the first place.
I need to replace this habit with something new and empowering. Something that serves me.
Another step is to understand why food? What is it about food that I'm pulled to in these times of boredom?
There's definitely a sense of certainty when I eat. I am certain that I'm going to feel good. There was lots of family gatherings around food growing up so I'm guessing some of this comes from these past experiences. There's lots of good memories and love around food. I don't want to forget these but it is good to understand in order to break this habit.
I need to find a way to replace this feeling of certainty in these times of boredom. Time to break this habit! Take this energy and channel it towards something more powerful!