QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
|Keep healthy and tasty food at home.|
|If need be, pre-package it in healthy portions.|
|Don't eat sweets by themelves. Eat pie, cake, candy, cookies and other sugary foods with a meal to avoid blood sugar swings that can trigger fatigue, depression, anxiety, cravings and binges.|
Plan How You Eat:
|Do awake (or conscious) eating rather than "oh my...I just ingested a box of candy." This would be an example of unconscious eating.|
|Do the sit down thing...at a table, with a plate and utensils and even a napkin in front of you.|
|Taste what you eat. Chew it. Savor it.|
|When you can, dine with fine, calm people.|
Pre-Plan Alternative Decision Strategies:
|Practice saying, "Yes, thank you, I will have a candy," after having thought about it and even planned for it.|
|Practice saying, "No, thank you. I would not like a candy," after having thought about it and deciding that you don't want it, or you don't want it now.|
Marianne Ross, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Irvine and Laguna Beach, CA. (714) 497-3454). She also works at the University of California, Irvine. Counseling Center/College of Medicine.
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