Stay Busy to Stop Cravings?

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Smile!!!!!!!!!!

I have noticed that the days when I am home most of the day, not super busy, I am just always wanting to munch on things!  When I am out and about, or involved with busy projects at home, the desire to munch munch munch is a little less intense!

Sometimes boredom leads you to ‘fake’ hunger, right?

What can we do about this?  Well, keep busy!!!  Get out of the house!  Make plans with friends.  Overcome that inertia that is just keeping you at home snacking for no good reason!

Ideas:

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Clean your house (sorry hahaha)
  3. Run an errand
  4. Organize a space (pantry, closet, garage, basement)
  5. Play with your furry friends
  6. Call a friend and go on an adventure!
  7. Kids?  Take them to the park!
  8. Cross off those To-Do’s, you know you have them

Comment below and let me know if this fake-hunger-boredom thing happens to you.  Also, how do you tackle it?

 

Just Say No (thank you)!

Jake said NO to cantaloupe recently.  He was NOT having it!  Was I offended?IMG_20170421_122205

When you aim to eat ‘healthy’, inevitably you will run into social situations that make it challenging.  This is just one part of the puzzle- navigating eating out, family gatherings, travel, etc.  I have heard from many people that they feel set back by weekends/events that include those very things.

I know that when I eat certain foods, I don’t feel my best.  When I was a vegan (not vegan anymore FYI), it was easy to avoid all non-vegan food items because I had a firm reason to do so.  For a few years of my vegan journey, I was raw, which took it to a completely different level.  At this point I have found balance with my nutrition (another story), but there are foods I avoid completely to feel my best.  Not everyone understands this, nor have I tried to explain it to those who either aren’t interested or simply don’t ‘get it’.

So how do you deal with these social situations when you are really trying to eat a certain way?  What if you go to a friend/families house and they made something for you!?!?!?  I have found that saying “No, but thank you so so so much” is perfectly acceptable.  You can explain your reasons, or just make an excuse like: you aren’t hungry!  Of course, doing this without making the other person feel bad is the delicate part.  If someone is so offended that you don’t eat their offerings, they will get over it.  You will find other ways to connect and enjoy each other.  If it really becomes a huge issue, then there are bigger things going on, right?

It is safe to say that in our society, food is often a major focus.  Going slightly off the grid of what is expected may cause some ripples in your world.  You may face some uncomfortable situations….but the thing is:  YOU ARE WORTH IT!  You get to decide what is best for you!  Sometimes you will choose to indulge, and that is just fine!  In my opinion, it should be your choice, not something you feel pressured into.

So exercise your “No” muscle!!!  It gets easier, less awkward.  It doesn’t have to be a big deal on your end.  If you enter these situations with confidence, most people won’t blink an eye.

Fall down, get up, repeat!

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My son, 16 months, learned how to walk two days ago.  He would take a step or two, fall, laugh, and get right back up.  This went on for hours!!  He was so entertained!

He just keeps trying.  He will try and try and try again until he masters it!  We all did that when we learned to walk.  That force inside us that pursues our goals is there, waiting to be used!

I think we can watch babies and gain a lot of insight into how to handle life.  My son lives in the moment at this young age, and it is truly wonderful to witness.

Can we have the same attitude now, as adults?  Fall down, laugh, get up, and try again?  Maybe we won’t laugh every time we fall, but we sure can get up, dust ourselves off, put a smile on our faces and keep persisting toward our goals.