As this is the end of the year, you may (or may not) have met your goals (I did not). Instead of looking at myself and saying, “I'm an emotional eater. I need to exercise more and eat less.” However, I now want to look at WHY?
It doesn't do any good to fix a symptom if you have not fixed the cause of the problem. We see this on the biggest loser where people treat the symptom (weight) but never treat the cause (emotional issues). So today I'm trying to take a step back, and look at why I tick. What is making my life stressful? After all if I can avoid the stress, then this will help me want to “self medicate” myself with food.
One of the things that really stresses me out is worrying about money. Here are some things I want to pass along when it comes to spending your money.
1. Do you want it or do you need it?
In other words what happens if you don't but this? For example. If you don't buy food, you starve. Hence this is a NEED. What happens if you don't buy those new shoes? You will have to wear the old shoes. Are the old shoes worn out? No? Then keep wearing them. If there are holes in them, then you need new shoes.
One of my favorite guys when it comes to money is Dave Ramsey. He as a podcast, and some great books. His Total Money Makeover is a non-nonsense approach to spending your money. Money is a bit like food. A diet is simply an eating plan. A budget is simply a spending plan. Both involve self-control.
A great free tool you can use to monitor and track your spending is mint.com this free website will track all of your spending. All you need to do is enter anything you but with cash. (remember cash? me neither). Once you see where you are spending your money, you can determine if you are spending money on things you want or you need.
The thought process is if we can identify the reasons why we operate, we can have a better understanding of ourselves and with that understanding we can make better choices. I would love to have any input on what you think are your root causes that effect your eating?