There is something temptingly satisfying about turning on the television after a hard day at work and grabbing for that bag of chips. Even the most conscientious eaters in my naturopathy clinic admit to late-night eating, and the unfortunate reality is: It’s undoing the rest of their efforts.
Snacking in front of the television is one popular example of how we eat, not often in response to true physiological hunger, but out of well-formed habit. I call it habit hunger. Many people have come to associate a bowl or two of unhealthy eats with relaxing in front of the TV at the end of the day. Habits, as anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows, are hard to break.
After helping thousands at my clinic shed substantial pounds, I consider my approach to weight loss one of first healing the body then changing the body. To be successful at altering eating patterns and habits you must first recognize why you are eating, and then with gentle understanding and a little distraction, change the way you are eating. Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be. Here’s a step-by-step approach to breaking bad eating habits, healing your body, and changing your body for good: