Have you ever eaten the entire piece cake on your plate even though you were full half-way? Or maybe even went for the seconds or thirds? I know it has happened to me many times and I am not alone in this. It is not uncommon for people to think: "What the heck. I was good all day. I might as well let go and eat what I want while I can." Sound familiar?
The funny thing is the same people can be very good at going to shop at their favorite stores with credit cards in hand and not buy 30 sweaters in one trip. Why is it that we can control ourselves with not going over the limit of our credit cards, but we can over eat?
I believe the answer is in the word "restricting." If you focus on holding yourself back, then that's all you can think of. The voice in your head keeps saying "don't do this" and "don't eat that." And when the voice points to something, then it's all we can think of. Usually there is no such a voice when you go to the store. That's because knowing our monetary budgets can become a second-nature to us. We simply had to learn it and then it became a habit. Now we just take them as part of life and indulge accordingly. No guilt or shame.
If you are struggling with overeating, but you are good with credit cards, then see what shopping behaviors you can apply towards food. Notice where your attention goes. See what emotions are moving you towards overeating. If it to indulge because you were restricting yourself all day, then stop the restriction part in the first place and allow your body to tell you what nutrition it really wants. Most importantly, realize that if you are the one with the power to control your spending, then you also have the power to find balance in your eating habits.
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