Healthy Eating - Dealing With Barriers to Healthy Eating
Barriers are things that get in the way of making a
change and staying with it. Changing your eating habits takes time and
practice. It's normal to feel like you've slipped a little on your goals once
in a while. But it's important to stay on track and keep trying.
There are many things, such as emotional eating or easy access to fast
food, that can make it hard to change how you eat.
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Emotional eating means that you
eat too much or too often for reasons other than hunger. You may eat because you're sad,
depressed, stressed, or lonely. Or you may use food as
a reward. Food can be soothing and distract you from what's really bothering
If you are an emotional eater,
you may not listen to your body's natural signals. You may eat more than you
need or want.
To find out what causes you to eat this way, keep an
eating journal for a week or two. Write down
everything you eat, plus the time of day and what you were feeling right before
you ate. This will help you identify things that trigger emotional eating.
You may want to talk to a
counselor for more help in understanding your emotions
and eating habits.
It can be hard
to eat healthy foods when fast food, vending-machine snacks, and processed
foods are so easy to find. The good news is that there usually are healthy
choices, even at fast-food restaurants.
Here are a few
Learn which restaurants offer healthier
choices. For example, choose fast-food restaurants that allow you to order a
side salad instead of fries with your meal.
Have healthy snacks
ready for when you get hungry. Keep healthy snacks with you at work or school,
in your car, and at home. If you have a healthy snack easily available, you'll
be less likely to pick a candy bar or bag of chips from a vending machine