Cues for overeating
|There are a
lot of reasons why we are driven to overeat. Yours will be different
from other peoples. It is important to establish what your cues are, so that
you can do something constructive about them.
Cues are something that gets the brain geared up to think about eating something /crave food/ crave something that is not healthy / causes you to overeat. The cues that we are concerned about are those that lead you to eat when you should not be hungry, or to eat things you know are unsuitable, or to overeat when you are full.
It is very common for emotional cues to have a physical feeling or hunger or emptiness or hollowness or some other feeling that we "fill" with food - become aware of the feeling / emotion, and make a note of it alongside the cue.
To get you started in thinking about what your personal cues are, you will find a list below of some of the cues that others have identified for themselves.
As part of your food diary, start to identify, and write down your food cues. Bring that list with you to your next session, so that we can discuss it and where appropriate do a balance around some of them.
I was driven to over eat:
2. When I made myself do something I didnít want to do
3. When I saw other people eat
4. When I received good news
5. Whenever I saw food in general or passed by a food stall
6. Whenever I saw specific types of food (which then gave rise to food cravings)
7. Whenever I was offered food
8. When I was in a celebration/occasion/event
9. When I returned home
10. When it should be time to eat, such as breakfast/lunch/dinner time
12. When I came across food which I had never eaten before
13. When I felt bored
When it was night time