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Day 16 Cravings rarely lasts longer than 7 minutes. I can avoid food for that long, and emoticon compulsive/ impulsive /mindless /spontaneous /off-plan eating.
First - - - deep breaths, positive thoughts, drink plain water
Actions: clean-up & walk away, brush teeth, read books, write notes.
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"Craving will lose power if they are NOT strengthened by food."

"Craving only get stronger if you give in and “feed” them. That is, craving are like a stray cat – if you keep feeding it, it will keep coming back."
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Resist the Cravings Checklist (reinforce - feel stronger each time)
>Drink water (feel full - helps digestion)
>Take a walk
>Exercise - it can help relieve stress
>Take a catnap
>Check some errands off of your to-do list
>Do a little therapeutic home cleaning
>Take a relaxing shower or soothing bath
>Picture summer clothes and feeling better

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June! - Chuck the peanut butter out if it's tormenting you like that! Xmas is over, the kids are gone. If it's unopened, give it charity.

If you're not allowed to put it in the trash in a jar - then get the hot-tap running, take off the lid, squeeze some washing-up liquid into the jar on top of the peanut butter, then let the hot water swish it a bit- then tip the lot into the bin.

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i read this-and then i still messed it up. but at least i know for next time to try it...

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive Eating

I was about to say 'Impulsive' as my first response but then I thought carefully about my poor choice foods and their timing. My 'aha' moment links them to an emotional (loneliness, boredom, mild stress) or sometimes physical (tiredness) trigger. I rarely eat something 'in passing'. I go into the kitchen in the evening and look for food for comfort. It's a compulsion. I don't eat a load of it; don't feel the need to finish the box; don't have one particular snack I 'need' to it...but I'm drawn into the kitchen nonetheless.

• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan.
Case in point: writing up an extended report. Mild stress when I get stuck....I graze in my thinking time.

• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
Despite the yucky weather, I went into the garden and did some minor tidying jobs. I then made a drink of herb tea and took it back to the computer.

• Describe how this worked.
A good substitute for daytime. I'm waiting to see how an indoor distraction works in the evening.



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1/27/20 10:44 P

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive Eating

Impulsive in my case.

• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.
• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked.

Today and Yesterday I have had a craving for crunchy peanut butter by the spoon. I didn't have peanut butter in the house for years because it is one of my kryptonites. I bought some for the Christmas holidays because the kids like it, my grown kids who live far away and were home for a week. So far I haven't had any, but it is tormenting me beyond 7 minutes, beyond taking a drink of water, getting busy with something else.

I have pulled out other stop signs, the self talk, it's not my food, no choice, it's not in the plan, it isn't going to get me closer to my goal, I want to stay on top of my plan and hold my goals high.



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1/27/20 9:30 P

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I'm pretty sure most of my eating off plan is impulsive, too. And the 7 minutes is a good trick to use to stave this off. I'd kind of forgotten about it. Last time I wrote that brewing a cup of hot tea would be a good thing to do during those 7 minutes, so I'm going to start trying that again. I'm still looking for the perfect herbal tea. emoticon Something tangy with body but not the astringency or tannin taste of regular tea.

I don't really see myself as a compulsive eater....unless I first give in to the impulse to take that first bite. This is not true of all foods for me, but I can see this happening with a bag of potato chips. As long as I resist the impulse to take the first bite I'm OK. Once I get started it can become a compulsion to eat every last salty one...literally till I'm miserable and my mouth is raw and swollen.

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive

Sue, your discussion of the latte and the bowl of chips is right on. I tend to be more impulsive than compulsive. I'll reach for a piece of chocolate because it is there but it is a long time since a bag of chocolate wasn't safe in my house. If it is out of sight I won't be digging it out and binging. If someone puts it down in front of me though or if I put some in a bowl on the table, I will take one. Well I may take another the next time I walk by.....is that when impulsion moves to compulsion?

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I too am a planner, Sue.

For me I had/ have this 'bad habit' of going to 'comfort foods' when stressed, upset, angry - you name it! It takes a lot of work to change that bad habit. The 7 minute rule - I'll have to keep reminding myself of that.

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1/27/20 9:15 A

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DAY #16 COMPULSIVE OR IMPULSIVE EATING?

The definition of these two terms still confuses me. In my mind I always associated Compulsive with something you do repeated, but perhaps Habitual would be a better term for that. So, Compulsive is an activity that you can't voluntarily stop yourself from doing while Impulsive is an activity that you can stop? All I can think of as an example we might be familiar with is a Compulsive Liar - someone who cannot stop themselves from lying. Why can't they stop themselves? Any more than we are expected to stop ourselves from overeating? I wish Linda would have dove into this Compulsive part a bit more.

I would have told you that I am not an Impulsive kind of person. To me that implies spontaneity. Nope. Not me. I am a planner.

So where does it leave us when we reach for a food (snack foods come to my mind) and that hand-to-mouth thing sets in and we can't seem to stop ourselves from grabbing for more? Does anyone else find this confusing? When I am out shopping, I can stop and buy a Latte Coffee that was not on my plan. That is Impulsive. But when it comes to diving into that bowl of chips handful after handful. That is Compulsive. IMHO.

THE 7 MINUTE RULE:

I did this last night while I was watching the Grammy Awards. DH went to bed. I was left alone. A vulnerable combo for me - night + alone. Vague food thoughts were passing through my head. I was able to tell myself "You do not want to break your Challenge streak. You really are not hungry.". I distracted myself with sips of water and enjoying the music performances that are part of the Awards show. Time passed - more than 7 minutes for sure. Finally the show was over and I was headed to bed a "Happy Camper" that I had not given in to those food thoughts.

Something that stuck out to me more with this review is "the need to train myself to manage impulses differently around food" AND to make sure my distraction if something "active & positive".

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1/27/20 9:14 A

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Day 16: Compulsive or impulsive eating?

For me I think most times it begins as impulsive eating.
Smells, pictures, thoughts, reading recipes, talking about food, etc.

Then if I give in, knowing it will be way off plan, I sometimes just think “I don’t care” or “it’s only one” etc.
At this point depending what kind of day I’m having those actions can lead to disaster.
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1/27/20 8:00 A

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great analogy - cravings are like stray cats - I like that!

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3/28/19 5:03 P

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Day 16, Compulsive or Impulsive

Marilyn! Your quote is so appropriate for me this week! I made homemade cookies for my husband (ostensibly!) this week and have not been able to keep my hands off them!

Eating homemade goodies is definitely compulsive for me. That is why we so seldom have any in the house. Thank goodness that my very skinny husband loves store bought sweets and that they rarely tempt me.

Impulsive eating....well that happens when food unexpectedly just shows up in front of me. It can be something yummy left out on the counter that accosts me in the evening or it can be delivered by the hand of a friend. I seldom fall prey to the can't say no syndrome any more. My friends are pretty good and don't offer temptations any more.





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3/28/19 2:08 P

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Day 16 Compulsive or Impulsive Eati

I think I demonstrate both at different times!

The things I can be compulsive with like Nutella and Peanut buttter I try not to purchase!

I can be Impulsive about nuts and crisps and Pringles but again try not to have them around! Need to practise the 7 minute idea when I go to my friends house as they are regularly available. I can be a little Impulsive around apples too and eat one after another as I REALLY like them. I also purchased a 150 ml Coconut and Vanilla low fat yogurt and kept going back to it, not sure the reason maybe because I could do it on my plan! emoticon
Then I remembered the 7 minute idea to stop myself and it worked. The item was on my eating plan for the day but I felt a little out of control around it until I set the timer and actually left the remainder of the yogurt till after tea, several hours later. I MUST TRY THIS IDEA AGAIN! emoticon

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3/26/19 12:46 P

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Compulsive, impulsive... been there, done that (whichever it is.) Am reminded of the potato chip ad which challenges the viewer to eat just one - ha. I have "jokingly" said there are certain foods I cannot be trusted around, chips being one.

Am imprinting Linda's 7 minute suggestion in my brain as I know I will be facing this choice soon or sooner.

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3/26/19 3:14 A

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Oh, Marilyn - that's priceless - I love it!

“Remember you are in charge not your cravings! You have come too far to take orders from a cookie!”

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3/26/19 12:45 A

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• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.
• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked.

Today I have to confess I didn't have a plan.
I will do this tomorrow and make a plan tonight.

Report -
- resisted temptation - did eat something off-plan and non during a meal, but it was necessary

I didn't have any temptation until after supper, the whole day was fine.
After supper I baked bread for the next day and I was tempted to eat a bun-size ball of dough while shaping the buns, but i thought, 7 minutes, within less than 2 minutes I no longer wanted to eat any dough.
The other off-plan eating involved beans I cooked for tomorrow's bean-corn-bell pepper salad. I did eat some beans because I have to simmer them for 1 hour and I wasn't sure if they were cooked or not. I did eat 2 half-spoons of beans (kidney, black, garbanzo) to check that they were cooked. While this was not on-plan eating during a meal (I don't eat between meals), I feel okay about eating them, I had to know that they were cooked.

This is a good piece of advice, it is a concrete plan with a defined time to deflect the temptation and the defined time is not very long, so most likely will be east to resist


Edited by: JUNEPA at: 3/28/2019 (21:57)
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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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I am grateful to have this 7 minute motivation to get distracted and do something besides eat. With a project to keep my hands busy my mind is blessed.

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive Eating?

In the past, I never tried to put a label on the type of behavior that drives me to overeat. I just know it is an overwhelming and urgent rush to get to the kitchen and eat food in “unmeasured” servings/portions every time that feeling takes over. The food is never pre-planned and entered beforehand in my daily food plan or tracker. I just eat it.

I never considered where did the sudden desire to eat come from or why did I get the idea. My attention was always on the end result...the goal...food! Thinking about that now, that is really strange. Makes me feel like I am pre-programmed like a robot to act a certain way without conscious decision making. So, if I can reprogram myself when the sudden craving hits, there’s hope!

I like the 7 minute idea to try and curb the sudden cravings for food. That would be a good time to reflect on what to do next. Should I stop and distract myself with something or get off track and head to the kitchen? At the least, the 7 minutes is a starting point to slow down that urgent feeling to eat and eat now!

This last week, I just started putting together a group of positive thoughts and reminders for me to read when I get the “evening munchies”. I collected a lot of them. I never timed myself, but I read them until I get back in control to stay on my food plan and stay out of my “closed” evening kitchen. Those positive reinforcement ideas are starting to help me.

I read some ideas to try about changing your habits to help stop impulse eating:
- Eat more often
- Always eat breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day
- Keep a water bottle available and drink water
- Cut out evening snacks
- Take control of your thoughts and think about what you are doing
- Go for a walk
- Brush your teeth
- Drink herbal tea

Hoping some of these ideas will work.

I read the following somewhere, but don’t remember where, so I can’t give them credit. But, it makes me laugh every time I read it.

“Remember you are in charge not your cravings! You have come too far to take orders from a cookie!”


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Oops I read Day 16 after I craved ice cream. I did buy one that had 280 calories for a pint and low sugar.
My plan for stress is get my hydro massage before eating/buying a sweet treat.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest unto your soul.


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3/25/19 5:20 P

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My off-plan eating usually starts with impulsive eating. A thought, a picture or any conversation about food can begin the impulse to have something.
Then, in certain instances, that impulse ends with compulsive eating where I finish the entire batch, package or bag! When I really think about it I know it’s an emotional issue.

Waiting 7 minutes is a good idea and using a timer let me know that it is plenty of time to get involved in a distraction. Today I cleaned the laundry room and got so involved that I ignored the timer when it went off!

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Yes, hard. I failed today - probably because I wanted to fail (if you know what I mean?).

I was hungry after yoga which finishes at 12.30, but by the time I'd got away, and got to the shop to get food, I was too hungry. I bought a bag of spicy tortilla chips. I ate half the bag whilst I was getting lunch ready, then ate the other half of the bag with lunch. I really had no desire to stop, although the 7 minute thing did cross my mind, and I did have a break from scoffing half-way through the bag.

However, this afternoon I was at a gathering where there was a plate of chocolate digestive biscuits and I didn't have the slightest craving for one.

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Julee - let us know how it goes!

Sue - yup, sugar and flour are my two! even things that are LIKE sugar and flour can often be a problem too. I have a recipe for a sweet cake/bread which is made with teff flour, psyllium, dates, cocoa, spices, coconut oil - it seems to be OK - it has the feel of cake, but I can slice it up and put it in the freezer, and control my eating around it. Rice cakes or corn cakes are no good for me either, but I'm OK with Ryvita, and oatcakes. I'm firmly convinced of my sensitivity to flour and cane sugar now.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 3/25/2019 (14:24)
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Oh what a difficult lesson - again! I'm definitely impulsive with eating and I do wonder if I'm compulsive at times. Food can be an addiction - at least for me.

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive Eating?

It sounds so simple. Wait out the craving. I think this will work with my bedtime snacking. I am going to give this a try. My timer is ready to go and I am going to try walking for 7 minutes to wait out the craving.

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DAY #16 COMPULSIVE or IMPULSIVE EATING

I sure wish I had remembered this lesson this past week. I had 2 episodes of eating where I just couldn't seem to stop! In Gill's email today she mentions that COMPULSIVE EATING is like being addicted. You are willing to obtain the _____________ at any cost. This really made the definition clearer in my head.

In the Bright Line Eating plan that I am following the theory is that some people are addicted to flour and/or sugar. There is a short quiz to take that places your "addiction" level on a susceptibility scale some where between 0 - 10 (with 10 being highly susceptible). I scored a 7.

I have recently been wondering about this score and doubting that I am addicted. However, the episodes this last week might prove my thinking to be inaccurate. On Thursday I was thrown for a loop when someone drank the one glass of wine I brought to an event (Gill's article links from this w/e were very helpful with this kind of behavior - being inflexible). Therefore, I sat myself down with the group and started to eat, and eat, and eat - brownies, cookies, crackers, and other things! Was it the sugar and flour that kept me reaching for more?

The next incident happened this w/e when I cooked a family dinner to celebrate our March birthday's. I took seconds at dinner when I had told myself I wouldn't, but the biggest trigger were the homemade Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies our DD brought. I ate one and then another and then another. Well, you get the picture. It was down hill from there. Was it the sugar/flour?

So I am still left unknown if this was all COMPULSIVE eating or IMPULSIVE eating. I do know that I am going to practice the 7 MINUTE RULE this week as we have 3 restaurant outings planned. One of them is today so I will keep you posted.

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Day #16 Compulsive or Impulsive Eating?

Interesting definitions of these two behaviors. I definitely saw myself in Linda's examples: "take a few bites and then feel like you can't stop so you eat it all" and "feel out of control and eat everything in sight"! I have done both of these things many, many times!


So Linda tells us that our Impulse Eating involves using food to fix or avoid something in our life; an experience or emotion you don't like. A emoticon thought that I just realized is that I do a lot of eating out of boredom and it doesn't take much for me to get bored! Even when I am with people in a social setting. I am not big on the meaningless group conversations that one frequently runs into at social gatherings. I do much better with one-on-one situations where I find the conversational topics more interesting and meaningful most of the time. Another dilemma in a social setting is that there usually isn't any place you escape to; run to; hide from and so I turn to food to sooth my anxieties.

There are definitely some techniques I can use when this happens:

1. Wait 7 minutes and fill the time with something other than food.
2. Don't eat straight from the bag or box.
3. Go Home! Don't worry that you will miss out on something. You won't!




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100 More DWL , Day 16 Compulsive or impulsive eating

Addictions counseling teaches that a craving rarely lasts longer than seven minutes. By forcing yourself to avoid food for that long, you can usually overcome continuous eating.

Today

• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.
• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked.

This is something I have been doing, but not timing. I just substituted activities I enjoyed instead of eating. I like card crafting, playing computer games, doing jigsaw or crossword puzzles and coloring. Sometimes I'll dance to lively music. Sometimes I'll find a good book or pet the dog.

These are all things that have worked for me. Next time the situation arises, I'll time it.

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive Eating 07/04/18


• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.

Tempted to go to McDonald's for lunch with my sisters.
Tempted to eat a brownie or cupcake at 4th of July party
Tempted to eat a snack between lunch and dinner.

• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.

Discussed healthier options with my sisters. Thought about how to get our vegetables into our meal.
Visited with people instead of eating dessert.
Reminded myself dinner was coming soon and that hunger doesn't hurt. Finished up laundry instead of eating.

• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked.
Stuck to my plan. Building my confidence that "I Can Do It" with each success.

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Happy 4th of July! I love the seven minute solution!

Last night I made myself a small pizza and I managed to eat the entire pie! Yes, I couldn’t stop eating.

Today we are going to a picnic with friends.....I will certainly try the seven minute solution! I have to get the right mindset. I’m eating when I’m not hungry......help!!!! emoticon

Why do they advertise food on commercials at night????? Last night it was cheeseburgers!

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Great example 1958TMC that's really inspring
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*Today I was tempted to eat something that is not on my plan.(The dealership where I got my cars oil changed today, always has fresh, home made cookies in a cool looking cookie jar right next to the coffee maker) I remembered to wait 7 minutes. After the 7 minutes, I really did not want to spoil my calories on a cookie. VICTORY FOR ME!!

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Pat for chucking that sweet junk-food away!

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Day 16 - Compulsive or Impulsive

Love the 7 minute "think it over" pause!


Today was pretty easy foodwise, and I didn't really have any of those moments where I was tempted to go off plan. But I know it will happen soon...and I plan to try the 7 minute trick. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have an easier time because I do a Y class that lasts till 6:30 and I don't get home till 7 -- so if I have my evening meal planned like I did today, then I'm all set. But tomorrow will be a different story as Wednesday afternoons seem to stretch out before me and many times I'm tempted to eat dinner too soon -- then I want to keep on eating afterwards and on into the night.

I like the idea of delaying for 7 minutes. I might even make a cup of herbal tea during those 7 minutes and have it ready by the time the 7 minutes are up. I'll know I can then eat whatever it is if I choose, but I'm thinking more often than not I will pass on it.

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Day#16 Compulsive or Impulsive

The word compulsive refers to an uncontrolled, urgent desire that usually can't be stopped voluntarily.

Often, impulse eating involves reaching for food to fix or avoid something in your life. For example, when you experience an emotion you don't like, such as grief, on impulse you eat to make that feeling go away.

Addiction counseling teaches us that a craving rarely lasts longer than 7 minutes. So by forcing yourself to avoid food for that long, you can usually overcome continuous eating.

*Today I was tempted to eat something that is not on my plan.(The dealership where I got my cars oil changed today, always has fresh, home made cookies in a cool looking cookie jar right next to the coffee maker) I remembered to wait 7 minutes. After the 7 minutes, I really did not want to spoil my calories on a cookie. VICTORY FOR ME!!

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At a friends house today for a bbq and s’mores over the fire. Impulse was to grab my whole cracker, whole candy bar and 4 marshmallows. Compulsively I took one bite and threw the rest in the fire

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Day 16 - Compulsive or impulsive

To be honest, impulsive overeating in the evenings has been my downfall. What usually happens, is that I start thinking about (whatever) and fixate on it, til I finally get up and go get it and eat it. And sometimes I'll then start thinking "Oh shoot, I forgot we have (whatever else) in the house! I should've eaten that". And I'll eat that, too.

I've done well the past few days, staying on my plan. I'll definitely use Linda's 7-minute wait the next time I'm tempted to eat something not on my plan.

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I love the concept of waiting 7 minutes! Add to that Gil's wonderful blog yesterday (or was it earlier today?) where she mentioned reading can help alleviate a sugar craving.

Such great new tools!

I haven't had a temptation to be off plan yet today, but if it happens, I will be putting those 7 minutes to the test!

Impulsive is not compulsive, I am still in control!

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OMGoodness....Never really thought this completely through but I am definitely an impulsive eater. I gave into it last night with one piece of buttered bread followed by another...sigh.
I absolutely Love the idea of a timer.

I have been streaking using a 10 minute timer to de-clutter for awhile. It's challenging to keep up, fun and I love the results. I will try this 7 minute timer. I wrote down 8 things to do on slips of paper (ie: SP, get more steps, yoga) and I will draw one or two and do one. This could be a win/win fun new tweak. BIG Thanks to Linda and to all of you for ongoing ideas and suggestions. emoticon

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Day 16 Compulsive or impulsive eating

Addictions counseling teaches that a craving rarely lasts longer than seven minutes. By forcing yourself to avoid food for that long, you can usually overcome continuous eating

Today

• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.
• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked.

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Day 16 Compulsive or impulsive eating

Addicti emoticon ons counseling teaches that a craving rarely lasts longer than seven minutes. By forcing yourself to avoid food for that long, you can usually overcome continuous eating.

Today

• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.
• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked

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Day #16 Compulsive or impulsive eating

It seems compulsive would be that it is so automatic that you almost don’t realize what your doing.
For me impulsive is knowing but the smell, the look or the circumstances of what is going on make me think I really don’t care and I eat it anyway.
Later I know by my regret that I really do care!
emoticon The 7 minute idea is a keeper, highlighted in my book!

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Wow! I just highlighted almost ALL of this chapter in the book!!!!

Impulsive eating is me. I am not a compulsive eater. There is always a moment of consideration before I eat something I know I shouldn't.

I love, love, love a practical tool like taking 7 minutes. I use the timer function on my phone for a lot of things; there will be no problem in me using it for a 7 min experiment.

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Day 16 Cravings rarely lasts longer than 7 minutes. I can avoid food for that long, and usually overcome mindless/spontaneous eating.
Actions: clean-up & walk away, brush teeth, read book and write notes.
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Day 16 Compulsive or impulsive eating

Addictions counseling teaches that a craving rarely lasts longer than seven minutes. By forcing yourself to avoid food for that long, you can usually overcome continuous eating.

Today

• Watch for a time today when you feel tempted to eat something not on your plan. Write it down here.
• For seven minutes, stay away from the food. Do something positive during this time.
• Write a note about what you did and then describe how this worked.


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