what are some of the methods in which i can take my mind of food and counting calories?
Last Updated: 06/30/2020 at 8:23pm
Brenda King, PsyD
I treat life changes, women’s issues, and issues of aging using evidence-based treatments with healthy doses of warmth, empathy and humor to enhance healing and growth.
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Positive coping skills. Try distraction talk to someone you are eating with, play music, journal how you feel before and after meals. Stick to your meal plan.
Think of food as something that is nurturing your body rather than numbers. It is like the soil and you are the plant that is growing from it! It is okay to think about food, but don't obsess over your size and the numbers. Worry about your health and happiness!
personally if i start to think about food and calories i try to listen to music. If this doesn't seem to be working and i am still thinking i will try to take my mind off of it by doing one of my hobbies which include playing violin, or piano, i also make jewelry and other such crafts. If even that doesn't help i try and talk to someone about anything but food. The important thing to remember is to NOT talk about food to the other person because otherwise it is counterproductive and you will think about food more than you were before.
Try some new, fun activities that'll take you're mind off of food. Train yourself to think of other things you like (e.g going to see a gig, finishing school/work etc...)
WHen you buy foods, rip all the packaging off so you cant tell what the caloric intake is or the nutrient information. ALso, just relax about food. Food doesn't define somebody. Your personality does. Talking to friends and watching funny movies or videos, are great ways to distract yourself. Eating meals with friends who are healthy is good as well.
You can try downloading an app to help you know when's to eat and when's the last time you ate to watch your weight. Like weight watchers is a good one.
You could go things like join a sport, be around friends, enjoy nature, be out socially, really any activity you enjoy that distracts you
Even if it sounds contradictory actually exercise is great way to get your mind off of thins and stay healthy, exercising helps you set healthy goals (like wanting to run a marathon) and keeps you active. Also things that normally gets you distracted on a daily basis like music, books, movies etc. could be a great help for distracting you without any harm. Personally what gets me distracted when I feel sad or anxious is to dance or go out for a walk, but everyone has their favourite method.Remember this a path and its okay to take baby steps.
By realizing that, ultimately, weight is either genetics or lifestyle -- neither of which can be significantly altered by one meal, one day, or one month. It's a process, a long one. Don't simplify something complicated by making yourself believe "if I eat this it'll ruin me, if I skip this it'll take me where I want to go". Never works that way in the long run. Just do your best to be healthy, and whatever healthy ends up looking like for you, is beautiful.
Try finding hobbies that you enjoy doing! Whenever you start to get caught up thinking about food and counting calories remember that you are beautiful no matter what you weight is! Try writing down inspirational quotes and phrases in a notebook that you can look at whenever you start to think about food and counting calories. Try to distract yourself so that you don't get caught up thinking is much about food and calories. Your weight and calories are just numbers and do not define who you are. Instead of focusing on calories, make sure you are eating healthy amounts of food for your body.
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