Breaking bad habits can be hard.  If we are used to reaching for food to soothe our every whim we need a good plan of attack if we plan to be successful at changing our ways.  Plan for what you are going to reach for. or do the next time you have the urge to binge or snack between meals.

Here is a list of things that have worked well for me over the years:

  • go for a short walk
  • journal
  • pray
  • call a friend
  • check out youtube videos on make up, DIY or outfitting
  • clean one of my kids rooms
  • calendar a few weeks of planning for my family
  • laundry
  • clean a window
  • dust
  • vacuum
  • sweep
  • organize my closet or a messy drawer

Try to compete a task that is non-f0od related that satisfies your urge.  Over time you will be surprised at how this list comes in handy!  Every time you go for a non-food related ‘soothe’ you are one step closer to your goal!

Author:  Karen Gillman (banded 2004) is a leading voice in attesting to the potential benefits of gastric band surgery. After reaching 300 lbs, Karen turned to weight loss surgery to help her drop the weight and lead a more active, healthy lifestyle, choosing the Lap-Band gastric band. She utilized the gastric band for ten years, losing 145 lbs in total, which led her to write a book detailing the “before-during-and after” of the experience, entitled, “It’s Never Too Late’  A Ten-Year Journey with Weight Loss Surgery.”  She is now on a mission to help others combat their battle with obesity by providing proven, practical life-skills.