Because we’re wanting to break patterns, you now want to do something about the triggers themselves

Because we’re wanting to break patterns, you now want to do something about the triggers themselves

Here you deliberately pat yourself on the back for having dinner at the table rather than the couch, even though you won’t immediately feel better

Here you proactively get the junk food or beer out the house, or when you realize, while driving home, that you are stressed, and you deliberately sit in the car and listen to music that you like while sitting in the driveway, or do a few minutes of deep breathing to relax, rather than automatically marching into the danger-zone of the kitchen.

Breaking habits isn’t about stopping but substituting. Here is where you come up with a plan for managing the party without drinking – getting a mocktail and hanging close by your good friend, rather than grabbing a drink and being with stuck with a bunch of strangers.

Or if you are concerned about your binge-eating at night, plan to bring two cookies up to your bedroom at 10 o’ clock and resolve not to go back downstairs for the rest of the evening to keep you from finding yourself wandering around the kitchen all evening and veering towards the kitchen. (más…)

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