Have you found yourself in a situation where you've had an amazing week of eating nutritious whole foods, exercising regularly and feeling fantastic, only to be hit sideways by a bad day, that absolutely ruins your clean streak?
It happens to us all from time to time. You may have over slept your alarm, had lots of challenging interactions at work, fallen out with your spouse, family or friends, or just wake up feeling down right grumpy!
For many of us this it causes a knock on effect or reactions, reaching for that sweet treat out of frustration and thinking 'stuff it I'm going to eat this because I feel -insert relevant negative emotion here-.
OK so you've eaten a doughnut, what now?
You have a choice to accept it, one action (positive or negative) will not impact your life, IF that one action becomes a regular occurrence, THAT is when it can begin to impact your life and it could lead you to fall back into your old, poor habits and food choices.
'Self sabotage' in it's raw definition is;
'the behaviour of creating a problem that interferes with long-standing goals. The most common self-sabotaging behaviours are; procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting.'
If the above scenario sounds familiar, you know what, you're certainly human! But how can you take control, avoid emotional eating and really achieve your goals this time round?
The key to this is to stop REACTING to situations and RESPONDING to them instead.
When we react to a situation we do so without any thought, it is usually stimulated by an emotion; how many times have you said something you didn't mean when you were angry?
But if we can learn to respond to the situation, we can think on it for a moment rationally, not only about how we feel in that moment, but how will we feel afterwards? Does our decision affect anyone else?
You've woken up late, had no time to prepare lunch, or even breakfast so a coffee on the go will have to do!
Of course there's more traffic on the roads today/your train is delayed, making you late to work and your least favourite co-worker has taken your usual desk in the office...