Infection 6: Easy rationalisations
Treatment: Notice (and challenge) the stories you’re telling yourself.
Rationalisations are a convenient script. They help explain our overeating to make sense of what we’re doing.
But busyness, boredom, travel, work, or family dinners don’t inherently cause overeating. Those are just the circumstances in which we’ve used rationalisations before.
People overeat or drink too much crap in lots of different circumstances.
Their explanation simply matches whatever happens to be going on at the time.
Rationalizations like this can take away your freedom of choice. You start to feel like a victim of circumstance or changes in moods.
And examining your feelings, although a fine thing to do, will probably only produce limited success with eating modifications. Maybe you find that feeling bored or angry about something triggers your desire to eat.
By all means investigate those feelings and see what you want to do about the situation. Just know that this doesn’t get you off the hook or make the feelings go away.
Sometimes, you’ll want to eat crap. And too much of it. That’s normal.
You’re still in control, no matter what you feel.
If you have a craving, and decide not to pursue that craving, it will be uncomfortable and challenging, and this is OK.
Avoid looking for justifications to overeat garbage. Because if you’re looking for one, you’ll find one.