why-you-eat-cookies-when-youre-stressed-and-how-to-stop

Cookies, candy, potato chips…

It doesn’t matter what you reach for when you’re stressed out, it’s all stress eating. Changing this habit permanently has nothing to do with the food and everything to do with the way you think. Let me know you how to stop…

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Do you eat when you’re stressed out? Do you eat cookies when you are stressed out? Do you reach for sugar? Do you reach for something crunchy? Here is exactly how to stop. My name is Maya. I am a behavioral registered dietitian. Founder at Healthy Habit Solutions and creator of the curriculum, an entire online curriculum of life courses for chronic dieters, emotional eaters. Everyone who wants to learn how to change their habits and behaviors. When you are eating cookies because you are stressed out, let me give you the big picture of what is exactly happening to you.

Our behaviors, I have clients and students come here because they want to change a behavior. You are here because you want to learn how to stop eating cookies when you are stressed out. That is a behavior. The behavior is reaching for the food. That behavior is i am stressed out so I am going to eat cookies, or eat potato chips, or reach for anything that is food when I am stressed out because somehow that sweet sweeps stress under the rug, and calms me down.

Now behaviors, what you must know about behaviors, or our physical habits, and food, and fitness, they are driven by emotions. You and I are human beings, and as such we have emotions. Some of us feel more than others. Some of us are more thinkers than feelers, but we all have them. Stress is a type of an emotion. We have emotional habits, in the same way we have physical habits, we have emotional habits. Likely if you are experiencing stress in your life, you are probably experiencing stress on a regular basis.

It is probably an emotional habit for you. Now our behaviors that are emotions that drive our behaviors, they are also driven by something much deeper. They are driven by our thought habits. Now on average humans have between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts in a day. Those thoughts can fall into categories. In this work we tend to find patterns that are consistent with all or nothing thinking, perfectionism, control, always waiting for the next shoe to drop. Those are patterns of thought that are based in fear. When we take a lot at this big picture here, my clients and students will tell you that this is not about food in the least bit.

You have come here because you want to stop eating your cookie, but what we need to pay attention to is how do I create the stepping stones to stop, to reduce the cookie eating? That is the very first. We don’t come back a step, and learn to change our emotional habits which are based in stress, to happiness, peace, joy, unconditionally. That is who we are at our core. When we can learn to cultivate those emotions we don’t go for the cookie, but those emotional habits are driven by our thought habits in perfectionism, control, all or nothing extremist based thinking, which also require change.

Now everything we think, and feel, and do is driven by a deeper belief system. In this work it tends to be not enoughness. The fact that your whole life you haven’t believed up until this point that you’re not enough. That you’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, beautiful enough, perfect enough, in any way. Because you were either taught that at a young age, and/or our world has told you that somehow you are just not enough.

Our though patterns follow suit, our thought habits follow suit, that we always have to make up for it. Because of those thought habits then we have emotional habits of stress, and frustration, and anxiety, and over whelm, which produce unwanted behaviors. You and I, my friend, we are on this journey together. When I say habit and behavior change this is the whole curriculum. This is how you stop eating cookies when you are stressed out. A, you must learn to change a physical habit. There are 5 steps to do so. B, you must learn to change your emotional habits. Because if you just learn to stop eating the cookie, and you work really hard at not eating the cookie anymore, the moment stress comes back into your life, you are going to hop right back on that hamster wheel.

Cookie, no cookie, stress. Cookie, no cookie, stress, and around, and around you go. When I say this is permanent change in habit and behavior change, it is because you learn to change your physical habits through the 5 step formula. It’s because you learn to change your emotional habits which is 1 step deeper, and it is because you learn to change your thought habits, which is 1 level deeper, all transforming, ultimately your deeper belief systems about what you believe to be true about your life. That is how you change eating a cookie when you are stressed out.

Now I am going to put a link for you below the curriculum. The curriculum I have created of life courses is made up of foundational life courses. There is how to change a habit, physical behaviors. How to feel. That is emotional habits. How to think. That is thought habits. And what to believe. There are 4 foundational life courses in addition to extra curricular courses for yourself that you can jump in, and dive in, and do this work, and join our community.

Now if you are watching this, and it is past January 1st of 2017 I can’t help you, but before that, this whole past year I have taken a year or 2 to create these courses, and I have been testing them out with students and clients, and that year is coming to an end, meaning that the course curriculum right now is at 497. There is 3 ways to pay. You can come into the community for as little as $50 a month. Right now. As of January 1 that’s going to double. It’s going to double. There is going to be different support, levels of support that are also an additional investment.

If you want to start this work, even if you want to start it come January 1, now is your time to get in. When you start to learn how to change your physical habits and behaviors you will learn to start thinking, or feeling differently, changing your emotional habits, and then you start learning to think differently, which changes your entire perspective on life. I know you have done a lot. I know you have been on 998 diets. I get that.

The question is you can either A, stay the same, or B, you can change. When you have a habit of mental habit, a thought habit of living in the past that says, “Only based upon what happened yesterday is bound to happen today,” that is very limiting in your thinking. In your thought habits to say that well this is just one other thing. One other thing that is just not going to work for you. Work for me. What you need to know is that in this work you are taught at a very early point that you always look for the path of least resistance.

In this work the work is simple, and we learn to think differently instead of do differently. That, my friend, is where permanence comes in. I would love for you to join our community, and join it now before January 1, and I hope this was helpful for you. Please post your comments, and your questions, and any way that I can help you in our comment section below. Have a great week. Bye.